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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled that because Georgia’s six-week abortion ban was unconstitutional at the time it became law in 2019, it remains so today, even though the protections provided by Roe v. Wade have been overturned. It was a technical procedural ruling, leaving unanswered larger questions about whether the six-week ban itself violates state law, which was the primary focus at a court trial earlier this fall.
Abortion has been a cornerstone issue in every contest this election season, but in the race for attorney general, it’s built most of the foundation. Georgia’s new abortion ban—and whether to defend it in court—has dominated the fight between incumbent Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Jen Jordan, an attorney and current state senator for District 6.
Roe v. Wade Overturned: What’s next for Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” and legal abortion access in the state
For now, abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks in the state, but the state's six-week abortion ban, currently tangled up in the courts, will likely go into effect soon. Here’s what to know about the future of reproductive care in Georgia.