ATLANTA — Another battleground was opened Tuesday in the war over Georgia’s new abortion bill. On behalf of several abortion providers, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to stop the so-called Heartbeat Bill from going into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, while another ACLU lawsuit challenging the bill’s constitutionality makes its way through court.
The bill, authored by a suburban Atlanta Republican lawmaker, outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected. It would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. It also says an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.