Federal court says it will wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 8:11 AM EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court says it will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a separate Mississippi abortion case before weighing in on a restrictive Georgia abortion law that a lower court blocked.

A federal judge ruled last year that the law cannot take effect because it’s unconstitutional.

The state appealed that ruling to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court heard arguments on that appeal Friday and on Monday issued an order staying the appeal.

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

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