Appeals court may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law until Dobbs is decided

By | September 28, 2021

Circuit Chief Judge William Pryor said waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the fate of the legality of pre-viability restrictions on abortion would be “the prudent way to proceed.” 
While the law being considered in Dobbs bans abortion after the 15th week of a pregnancy, not the sixth, Pryor noted the similarities between the laws and said it was “not every day” that “the Supreme Court [can] do some work for us.” 
In July 2020, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia said the Georgia law is unconstitutional.
The ruling came in a lawsuit against the 2019 law that was filed by abortion providers and an abortion advocacy group.
In his decision, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones wrote that “The Supreme Court has repeatedly and unequivocally held that under no circumstances whatsoever may a state prohibit or ban abortions at any point prior to viability.”
Thus, “The Court is left with no other choice but to declare it unconstitutional,” Jones wrote at the time. Jones was critical of the law, and called it an attempt to “ban or de facto ban abortion.”

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