Georgia appeals ruling that blocked restrictive abortion law

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FILE – In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year.

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled last month that the law cannot take effect because it violates the U.S. Constitution. Lawyers for the state on Tuesday appealed that ruling to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The law sought to ban abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present, with some limited exceptions.

The appeal was not unexpected. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp vowed to appeal right after Jones struck down the law.

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