Podcast: Lawsuit filed challenging Georgia ‘heartbeat’ law

Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, speaks at a press conference following the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filing of a lawsuit challenging Georgia's HB 41, the 'heartbeat bill,' on the steps of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, on Ted Turner Drive SW in Atlanta, on Friday, June 28, 2019. The 'heartbeat bill' set to take effect on January 1, 2020. The law bans abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many people even know they are pregnant. Supporters of the measure hope the law will serve as a test case that will rise to the U.S. Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade. Legal experts expect a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to keep the law from going into effect until the case is settled by the courts.
Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, speaks at a press conference following the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filing of a lawsuit challenging Georgia's HB 41, the 'heartbeat bill,' on the steps of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, on Ted Turner Drive SW in Atlanta, on Friday, June 28, 2019. The 'heartbeat bill' set to take effect on January 1, 2020. The law bans abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many people even know they are pregnant. Supporters of the measure hope the law will serve as a test case that will rise to the U.S. Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade. Legal experts expect a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to keep the law from going into effect until the case is settled by the courts.

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Opponents of Georgia's "heartbeat" law have filed a lawsuit challenging the measure. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC statehouse correspondent Maya T. Prabhu discuss the lawsuit, reactions to the lawsuit and potential strategies opponents may use to stop the law from going into effect.

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