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State supreme court hears arguments on six-week abortion ban

Activists from all over gathered in downtown Athens to fight for abortion rights
Nicole Jordan
A protest in downtown Athens following the US Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v Wade in 2022.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides Tuesday in a case that questions the constitutionality of Georgia's six week abortion ban.

The case from physicians and reproductive rights organizations, among others, argues Georgia's abortion law is void because when it passed in 2019, the right to abortion was still protected under the US Constitution.

But Solicitor General Stephen Petrany, representing the state, claims that argument doesn't stand following the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The notion that somehow, Dobbs does not undo that, it just would be incoherent," he told justices.

Justices have promised a ruling as soon as possible. HB 481 was overturned by a Superior Court decision last November, but the state Supreme Court quickly filed an appeal reinstating the ban.

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Julia Stone, says if this decision doesn't go their way, they'll be back to argue against HB 481 on the basis of privacy.