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Federal Judge Strikes Down Georgia Abortion Restrictions

A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into effect. The new ruling permanently enjoins the state from ever enforcing House Bill 481. The measure sought to ban abortions once a “detectable

Atlanta Mayor Blasts GA Governor’s ‘Baffling’ Response to Surging Pandemic Numbers: ‘I Am Disgusted’

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who, along with her husband and one of her children, recently tested positive for Covid-19, blasted her state’s Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, for his “baffling” response to the surging pandemic. Georgia’s Covid case load has risen sharply since mid-June, and just set two, single-day records for new positive cases over the past weekend. And a majority of the state’s cases are centered around the Atlanta metro area. But when Bottoms,

Court ruling against Georgia’s anti-abortion law roils election year

A federal judge’s decision to throw out Georgia’s controversial anti-abortion law has set the stage for an appeal and reignited the fiery debate over women’s reproductive rights in an election year. U.S. Judge Steve C. Jones of the Georgia Northern District Court issued his opinion Monday rejecting the law as unconstitutional and prohibiting state officials from enforcing it. The so-called “heartbeat” bill would have banned most abortions after six weeks, which is before many women

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp extends order deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta

Gov. Brian Kemp extended an order Monday that deployed 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta, the latest step in a series of escalating tensions with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over safety and public health. Georgia Politics Read More