WABE's Week In Review: Never dull in Georgia from runoff elections to Jan.6 testimony to the impact of overturning Roe in the state

Abortion-rights activists took to the streets of Atlanta march to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court on June 25, 2022. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

The ruling by  the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the constitutional right to abortion now puts the spotlight on individual states.

For Georgia, that means the possible implementation of a 2019 ban on abortions after the around the six-week mark with some exceptions. It was signed into law but is being challenged in the the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, who declined to vote on until after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (the case that overturned Roe v. Wade).

Georgia’s law would impose criminal penalties on those seeking and those providing abortions after the allotted time–a mark that many health experts have noted is before a woman likely even knows she is pregnant.

Abortion remains legal in Georgia until the court acts, and Georgia’s attorney general is calling for action from the 11th Circuit.

Georgia’s election this November were already set to be heated. They just got hotter, especially in the race for governor.

The Supreme Court’s ruling sparked several protests around the country, including in Atlanta.

Also in this episode…

— Our staff coverage of the runoff elections on Tuesday. The ballot is set for November.

— Our politics team broke down the events at the Jan. 6 Congressional hearings (also) on Tuesday where Georgia featured prominently.

— Rahul Bali reports Governor Brian Kemp is set to testify at the Fulton County special grand jury into alleged election meddling in Georgia by former President Donald Trump.

Emil Moffatt lightens the mood with a unique food festival.