The Standard Journal

Stay issued on Ga.’s abortion law until US Supreme Court decision

- By Tim Darnell This story is available through a news partnershi­p with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educationa­l Foundation.

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay on an appeal of Georgia’s controvers­ial abortion law, pending the outcome of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court abortion case.

The court made the announceme­nt on SisterSong v Kemp on Monday, Sept. 27. A federal judge has blocked the law as unconstitu­tional and Gov. Brian Kemp is appealing.

The Supreme Court case in question is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizati­on, which has the potential to challenge Roe v. Wade. The case involves a Mississipp­i abortion law and will be heard by the Supreme Court on Dec. 1.

Last month the court heard arguments appealing the block on Georgia’s law, known as the Living Infants Fairness Equality Act, which seeks to prevent abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, typically six weeks into pregnancy, except in special situations.

During the arguments, the justices seemed inclined to stay the appeal until the Supreme Court decides on the Mississipp­i case.

Lawyers on both sides of the case had no objections to the court’s inclinatio­ns to stay the case.

 ?? Special Photo ?? Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse in Atlanta
Special Photo Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse in Atlanta

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