The Georgia Supreme Court has reinstated the strict six-week abortion ban imposed by the state. The one-page decision authorizes an emergency petition and comes just one week since the division bench struck down the law. The state submitted this urgent petition following the lifting of the embargo on November 15. The sources claim that the high court will suspend the prior decision while considering an appeal.
Georgia Supreme Court – 6-Week Abortion Ban
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney suspended the LIFE Act of Georgia last week. The “heartbeat law” is another name for the LIFE Act. In his decision, he concluded that restrictions on abortion before viability that were unreasonably severe were unconstitutional under the supreme law of this country, according to CNN. In 2019, Governor Brian Kemp first signed the legislation.
The Roe v. Wade decision had not yet been overturned by the US Supreme Court at the time of signing. The most recent overturning of the decision was brought about by the state attorney general of Georgia’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision represents a significant setback for abortion rights, and access will continue to be very constrained.
What do the medical experts say about the “Heartbeat Act”?
A six-week abortion ban, also known as a “Heartbeat act” ban, makes abortion unlawful as early as six weeks after conception, the time at which its supporters assert that a “fetal heartbeat” can be heard. Experts in medicine and reproductive health and gynecologists argue that mentioning a fetal heartbeat is medically incorrect and purposefully misleading. This is because a conceptus is not considered a fetus until ten weeks into a pregnancy. Before that, the correct term is embryo rather than a fetus.
They further assert that at six weeks, the embryo still only consists of a collection of cells that will eventually form a heart and does not yet have a heart. According to medical experts, it takes between 17 and 20 weeks of pregnancy to detect a fetal heartbeat. The heart’s chambers are regarded as having reached this stage of development when they can be seen.
The most recent decision from the state Supreme Court means that after six weeks, access to abortions is once more limited.
The abortion laws and ongoing uproar roll back the bans
In the United States midterm elections, abortion rights have assumed a prominent role. Following a shocking Supreme Court decision that curtailed federal rights, many states have implemented bans and restrictions. In some states, a woman’s future ability to terminate a pregnancy could be directly impacted by the results of the elections on November 8.
The Supreme Court gave states complete latitude to enact their abortion-related laws in June. The Roe v. Wade decision from 1973, which had made the procedure legal nationwide, was overturned by the Supreme Court in a divisive decision. Approximately 50 percent of the states in the union have so far indicated a willingness to outright outlaw or severely restrict abortion. So-called trigger bans have already been enacted due to the decision in about a dozen Republican states. In the hope that Roe would be overturned, those states had passed regressive legislation in advance of the decision. The possibility of returning to a time when women’s rights were meaningless has also been raised by some states. They claimed that the court’s ruling reinstated their pre-1973 abortion laws.
Women in large portions of the Midwest and the South are now unable to access abortions due to the bans. Abortion supporters claim that women from minority and less affluent communities will be most negatively affected by the prohibitions. Abortion restrictions are currently the target of intense activism, which has led to a nationwide upsurge in legal action.
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