Lawsuit seeks to block Georgia law that bans most abortions

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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, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they’re pregnant. A federal lawsuit filed Friday, June 28, in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit challenging a new Georgia law that effectively bans abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) .

ATLANTA (AP) – A new federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta seeks to block a Georgia law that bans most abortions, saying it’s unconstitutional.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers.

The law is among the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. It would effectively ban the procedure at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It does allow for some limited exceptions.

The ban is set to take effect Jan. 1 if it’s not blocked by a judge.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp acknowledged when he signed the measure into law in May that a court challenge was likely. But he said he was undeterred.

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