This month’s midterm elections were not great for pro-lifers, but there is some good news coming out of Georgia. After a lower court blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban, it was temporarily reinstated on Wednesday by the Georgia Supreme Court, immediately halting all abortions in the state.
The Fulton County Superior Court judge who suspended the law last week said he had done so, according to the New York Times, “because the six-week ban was unconstitutional when the state legislature approved it in 2019—more than three years before the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the constitutional right to abortion.”
But the state attorney general’s office, which appealed the suspension of the law, said this argument had “no basis in law, precedent, or common sense.”
The ban took effect in July, shortly after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Now that the state Supreme Court has granted the Georgia attorney general’s office request for an emergency stay, it will consider the attorney general’s appeal, meaning the law won’t be set in stone until the Georgia Supreme Court makes a final decision.
Still, this is good news that is already saving lives. As the attorney general’s office court filing said, “untold numbers of unborn children” would “suffer the permanent consequences” if the ban were allowed to remain inactive.
The good news is that women will not be able to obtain abortions after their unborn babies have detectable heartbeats, which happens around six weeks of pregnancy. This indisputable sign of a developing life may be downplayed by pro-abortion advocates and mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and NPR, which described it this way: “Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart around six weeks into a pregnancy.”
Yet despite the media’s rhetorical equivocating, this move in Georgia is significant for those most affected by abortion—among them, developing babies, who, when they’ve grown up, will have this news to thank.