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Ga. judge temporarily blocks abortion law

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm •  Published: December 24, 2012

Similar "fetal pain" laws have passed in six other states, with various challenges filed in state and federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can limit abortions when there is a reasonable chance the fetus could survive outside the womb. That is generally considered to be no earlier than 23 weeks.

Debbie Seagraves, executive director of Georgia ACLU, said the organization opted for a state challenge because "the constitution here has particularly strong protections of privacy."

Under existing Georgia law, women can seek an abortion for any reason during the first six months of pregnancy. During the final three months, doctors can perform abortions only to protect the life or health of the mother.