The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily reinstated a state law allowing abortions in the first six weeks of pregnancy.
In a unilateral order issued Wednesday, the court overturned a lower court’s decision to block Georgia’s law. The Supreme Court’s order staying the case means the law will be reinstated while the court considers an appeal in Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr’s case.
The Fulton County Supreme Court ruled this month that the law violated the US Constitution when it was enacted by the state legislature three years ago. It was blocked for three years until the US Supreme Court in June Roe v. Wade and gave states the freedom to pass their own abortion laws.
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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said in his Nov. 15 opinion, when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the law into law, “It was everywhere in America, including Georgia clearly unconstitutional for governments—federal, state, or local—to ban abortion before it is viable.” Carr immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court.
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PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS SEE ABORTION A ‘WINNING ISSUE’ IN GA SENATE DESPITE WINNING PRO-LIFE GOVERNMENT
Fox News Digital reported Wednesday that Democrats, who have focused on abortion for months ahead of the midterm elections, have failed to unseat Kemp, one of the country’s most anti-life governors. But in the Georgia Senate runoff between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock, the issue is still seen as a crucial factor.
A Fox News poll of late October, conducted before the elections, found that inflation was the top issue for Georgians at 38% – up from 28% in July. Among those who care about inflation, Walker with a lead of 43 points. Abortion was the most important issue for 18% of voters and electoral integrity was top of the opinion list for 12% and Warnock leads both groups with at least 40 points.
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The runoff will take place on Tuesday 6 December.
Fox News’ Paul Best, Aubrie Spady and Thomas Phippen contributed to this report.