Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta applauds Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs’ decision to provisionally suspend the new abortion law as it would have jeopardized the health of women throughout this state. The preliminary injunction granted by Judge Downs will allow women to seek abortion for any reason up to 24 weeks LMP of pregnancy.

The law, originally known as HB 954, would have criminalized almost all abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, which is more commonly known in the medical community as 22 weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP). Under the original law, the exceptions for medical emergencies were extremely narrow and would have forced Physicians to wait for a women’s condition to deteriorate to a severe medical emergency before an abortion would be a legal option. The decision to provisionally suspend this law came just in the nick of time, less than 2 weeks before 2013. Hearings are expected to begin after summer; stay tuned for more information.

 

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