Fulton County judge stops ‘Heartbeat Law’ from saving lives

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney’s overturned Georgia’s ban on abortion starting around six weeks into a pregnancy on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, has been in effect since July of this year. Statistics have already proven that this law has contributed to saving more than 2,500 lives. That equates to 57% reduction in abortions.

The reasoning behind the judge’s ruling is that because the “heartbeat bill” was passed in 2019, before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the law is unconstitutional. The ruling now moves Georgia back to the standard of banning most abortions after 20-22 weeks according to the fetal pain law that was passed in 2012.

Governor Kemp put out the following statement after the ruling on Tuesday: “Today’s ruling places the personal beliefs of a judge over the will of the legislature and people of Georgia. The state has already filed a notice of appeal, and we will continue to fight for the lives of Georgia’s unborn children.”

Attorney General Chris Carr has already appealed the decision to the Georgia Appeals Court. This means the ultimate result will go before the Georgia’s Supreme Court and be overturned!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted the heartbeat bill’s author, State Senator Ed Setzler, saying, “It’s no surprise that a liberal Fulton County judge put a temporary roadblock into the implementation of the (anti-abortion law)”. He went on to say, “It won’t take long for the state Supreme Court to rule in favor of the (law) and put it into full effect.”

The hope is that through the Attorney General’s world class legal team, we will see the heartbeat law back in effect by January 2023. This is something we need to keep in our prayers!

Published November 15, 2022