UPDATE 7/20/2022 4:37 p.m.: A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and said Georgia’s restrictive 2019 abortion law could take effect immediately.
ATLANTA (AP) – A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and says Georgia’s restrictive 2019 abortion law should be allowed to take effect. The Georgia law bans most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present.
Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women realize they’re pregnant.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Mississippi case that overturned Roe v. Wade clears the way for the law, which had been on hold, to take effect.