ACLU, Planned Parenthood fight to stop Georgia’s six-week abortion ban from taking effect
June 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-abortion activist organizations are challenging Georgia’s pro-life heartbeat law in court, claiming it is unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filed a joint complaint Friday, CBS News reported, arguing the law "practically bans all abortions" because most women don't know they are pregnant at the gestational time the law bans abortion.
BREAKING: We just filed suit to stop Georgia’s six-week abortion ban from going into effect.— ACLU (@ACLU) June 28, 2019
Abortion is still legal in Georgia. We’ll be in court to keep it that way. pic.twitter.com/sGL8Oz6Y0o
BREAKING: We just sued the state of Georgia to block its blatantly unconstitutional ban on abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy.— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) June 28, 2019
These bans have always been blocked by the courts, and we'll make sure this one is too. pic.twitter.com/ZIew66ruxj
The pro-abortion groups also claim the law disproportionately affects "low-income Georgians, Georgians of color, and rural Georgians, who are least able to access medical care and least able to overcome the cruelties of this law."
"This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional under nearly 50 years of U.S. Supreme Court precedent," Sean J. Young, legal director for the ACLU of Georgia, said in a statement. "Politicians have no business telling women or a couple when to start or expand a family."
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 481 into law May 7, banning most abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks. The law allows exceptions for rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies considered “medically futile.” It is set to take effect in January 2020.
Pro-abortion film studios, other industry groups and celebrities have threatened to boycott the state over the law.
Georgia's pro-life law is among several heartbeat laws passed recently by state legislators. Several other states have introduced or passed them as well, including Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio.
Alabama passed a total ban on abortion in May.
The laws are viewed as attempts to bring about a judicial review of Roe v. Wade.
None of those measures have gone into effect and judges have blocked some.
"None of these laws are in effect, and we are fighting to keep it that way," Nancy Northup, president and chief executive officer at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement. "For nearly half a century, the Supreme Court has protected the right to abortion, and we know the majority of Americans continue to support abortion access."
The pro-abortion group tweeted Friday morning about the suit, again calling the law unconstitutional.
“Dear Georgia,” the group’s graphic said, “We won’t let you ban abortion. See you in court, Sincerely, ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood.”
“Abortion is still legal in Georgia,” the ALCU tweeted. “We’ll be in court to keep it that way.”
Additionally, states under pro-abortion legislative and gubernatorial control, such as New York, Vermont, Illinois and Rhode Island, have acted to enshrine codify abortion, including radical expansions of abortion in the their respective state laws should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the Supreme Court.