Judge Overturns Georgia Heartbeat Bill Banning Abortion After Six-Weeks

  • McBurney said in his 15-page ruling that when lawmakers signed the bill, “everywhere in America, including Georgia, it was unequivocally unconstitutional for governments — federal, state, or local — to ban abortions before viability,” adding the state’s law “did not become the law of Georgia when it was enacted, and it is not the law of Georgia now.”
  • “What does this ruling mean?” McBurney wrote. “Most fundamentally, it means that courts — not legislatures — define the law,” adding that “if the courts have spoken, clearly and directly, as to what the law is, as to what is and is not constitutional, legislatures and legislators are not at liberty to pass laws contrary to such pronouncements.”
  • Life News reports state attorneys argued the judge should view the abortion ban in light of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling since Roe v. Wade no longer applies.
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