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Federal Judge Sends Small Signals In Abortion Law Hearing

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones heard arguments Monday in a challenge to Georgia's abortion law.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones heard arguments Monday in a challenge to Georgia's abortion law.
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It’s still unclear whether a federal judge will block Georgia’s new abortion law from taking effect before Jan. 1. But at a hearing Monday in Atlanta, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones did send some signals about how he might rule in the case.

For one, he questioned the prudence of a lower court challenging rulings handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as Roe v. Wade. Jones also acknowledged that he wouldn’t be the last judge to look at the case, a nod to the fact that the losing party is likely to appeal his decision.

WABE’s health reporter Sam Whitehead was at the hearing Monday and joined Jim Burress on “All Things Considered” to discuss what happened in court and what’s likely to happen next.