On Tuesday, a federal judge instated a block against Georgia’s fetal heartbeat bill.
The law was set for effect on January 1st, but U.S. District Judge Steve Jones put a temporary hold on it.
As reported by Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in June over the legislation.
Except in cases of rape or incest officially reported to police, H.B. 481 bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected.
ACLU of Georgia Legal Director Sean Young told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday’s decision was a triumph for women:
“Today is a tremendous victory for the women of Georgia and for the Constitution. Politicians have no business telling women or couples when to start or expand a family. This case has always been about one thing: letting her decide.”
A spokesperson for Brian Kemp, the Republican governor who signed the bill, said his administration is dedicated to its pro-life position:
“We are currently reviewing Judge Jones’ decision. Despite today’s outcome, we remain confident in our position. We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper.”
Congressional Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand is surely relieved by the judge’s decision. For her, it’s a downright answer to prayer — in May, the senator told the world being pro-abortion was the duty of every Christian:
“If you are a person of the Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will. One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people. And I think [the heartbeat law] is an example of that effort.”
As I pointed out at the time:
I’d like to take a moment and point out that, irrespective of any political issue, that statement made absolutely no logical sense.
In response to this latest judicial turn, Planned Parenthood East’s Barbara Ann Luttrell celebrated on behalf of folks nationwide:
“This is a victory for Georgia and people all across the country. We promise the people we serve and the people across the state to protect access to abortion, and together we have.”
Barbara was down and out just months ago amid a wave of pro-life legislation, lamenting, “We’ve never seen it this bad.”
She shouldn’t get too comfortable — the block is, of course, only temporary.
Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox also championed the move, reminding America how abortion should be:
“To the countless Georgians who spoke out against this ban and were ignored, we promised to keep fighting every step of the way and we have. … To Governor Kemp, we promised to see you in court, and we did. But most importantly, to our patients, we promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion and together we have.”
“Safe and legal” — as recently as 2008, Hillary Clinton reiterated that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Democrats seem to be drifting away from that last part.
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