On Monday, a federal judge ruled a Georgia law that would have banned most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, or as soon as cardiac activity can be detected in the womb.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones’s decision permanently blocks the state from enforcing House Bill 481, which was signed into law last year. Advocacy groups filed suit shortly after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law.
In his ruling, Jones wrote the law violates the protections laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as Roe v. Wade.
On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” state Rep. Ed Setzler, who authored House Bill 481, joined host Rose Scott to share where he believes the measure will go from here.
Following that conversation, Scott then spoke with Kwajelyn Jackson, executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center, to hear her perspective on what this ruling means for the future of abortion access in the state.
To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.