Georgia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a six-week ban on abortion in the state.
The brief, one-page order says the emergency motion filed to stay a lower court decision overturning the ban has been granted.
“The State of Georgia’s emergency motion for replacements seeking a stay of the order of the Fulton County Superior Court in the above-noted action is hereby granted,” the order reads.
Georgia’s LIFE law prohibits, with few exceptions, abortion when early cardiac activity is detected – which can be as early as the sixth week of a pregnancy, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant.
Last week, a lower court ruling suspended the abortion ban, calling it “unconstitutional”. In his view, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney wrote that when the LIFE Act was passed by Georgia lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in the spring of 2019, “the supreme law of this country was unequivocal – and had been for nearly half a century – that laws unduly restricting abortion before its viability were unconstitutional.
The state attorney general appealed the decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.
The Georgia Supreme Court order said seven of the justices agreed with the decision, one judge was disqualified and one did not participate.