High court: State can’t be sued without its consent
ATLANTA | A challenge to a Georgia law banning most abortions after 20
weeks has led the state’s highest court to reaffirm that the state can’t be sued without its consent.
But the court also said Monday that state officials can be sued as individuals to prevent them from enforcing laws alleged to violate the state Constitution.
The ruling came as the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the challenge to a 2012 law that bans doctors from
performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilized, except when a fetus has a defect so severe it is unlikely to live.
The law also makes an exception to protect the life or health of the mother, but not for cases of rape or incest.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued to stop enforcement of the law on behalf of three obstetricians, saying the statute violates privacy protections guaranteed in the state Constitution.