Judge puts hold on Georgia abortion law

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ATLANTA — A state judge has temporarily suspended a Georgia law that would ban abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.

The General Assembly passed the law this year, and it was set to take effect Jan. 1. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs blocked the law Friday as part of a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Downs will rule later on the merits of the ACLU challenge.

The law bans doctors from performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilized, except when they decide a fetus has a defect so severe that it is unlikely to live.

The law also makes an exception to protect the life or health of the mother, though that does not apply to a mother’s mental health.

The ACLU sued on behalf of three obstetricians. The organization says the law violates privacy protections provided for in the Georgia Constitution.

State attorneys argued to Downs that blocking the law, even temporarily, would go against the will of the Georgia’s elected legislative body. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Sam Olens did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday afternoon.

Similar “fetal pain” laws have passed in six other states, with various challenges filed in state and federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can limit abortions when there is a reasonable chance the fetus could survive outside the womb. That is generally considered to be no earlier than 23 weeks.

Debbie Seagraves, the Georgia ACLU’s executive director, said the organization challenged the law because “the constitution here has particularly strong protections of privacy.”

Under existing Georgia law, women can seek an abortion for any reason during the first six months of pregnancy. During the final three months, doctors can perform abortions only to protect the life or health of the mother.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/24/12 - 11:33 pm
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People Speak with their votes.

The Politicians sometimes listen and pass and laws that meets boths sides 1/2 way.

Then the Courts enforce or strike down societies laws using a greater personal view.

TK3
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TK3 12/25/12 - 12:08 pm
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Coat hangers

Could just ban them all and go back to back door abortions and coat hangers, etc.....or keep religious law out of it and let the woman decide for herself what to do with her body.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/25/12 - 01:38 pm
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I seriously don't think it's

I seriously don't think it's the woman's body those against abortion are worried about. It's the body of the innocent child I think most are concerned about.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/25/12 - 03:37 pm
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At some point a fetus is a piece of property and at some point it is a child. At no time is this an issue of privacy. There is a man and a woman involved, both having a legal interest in the fetus. With that said, there may be three people involved, four counting a Doctor, so the right to privacy issue is mute, especially if the woman want public funds to provide the abortion. We give more rights to a convicted murder than a possible child, in a country that claims to protect the rights of all. Any woman wanting an abortion should go to court to ensure the rights of the father and the child are protected. The courts should decide if the father wants his property destroyed, if it is a child being killed, if the health of the mother is at stake and many other legal rulings. After all, what is the hurry, we take twenty years to kill a conviced murder, doesn’t a child deserve a few days of our courts time?
Merry Christmas

Jane18
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Jane18 12/25/12 - 04:49 pm
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Where Have All The Children Gone?

What a sad, sad, world of people we are living in! Anyone that would have an abortion or anyone that would perform an abortion, deserves just what they "might" receive one day. I said "might", maybe they can claim ignorance, or have the aclu argue For them......, wait a minute, the aclu are going to need an "argument" for themselves! Before someone says something, I am not judging anyone to hell, that is not for me or anyone to do, but, I do know premeditated murder is wrong, and I know someone must answer for the death of "a little angel". I'm Sorry, if anyone is offended.......................

Jane18
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Jane18 12/25/12 - 04:55 pm
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The apology in my comment sounded very politically correct. It was not meant to be, because I am Not a pc person. If anyone is offended by my previous comment concerning abortion, too bad......................

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