State constitutional challenge to Georgia abortion law filed

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ATLANTA (AP) - Abortion providers and advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit Tuesday challenging Georgia's abortion law based on privacy protections in the state Constitution.

The law passed in 2019 effectively bans most abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. A federal judge ruled it unconstitutional and blocked it, but a federal appeals court last week allowed it to take effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which had protected the right to an abortion for nearly five decades.

"SisterSong and our partners have been in the fight against Georgia's six-week abortion ban from the beginning, and today we are sending a clear message that we're not giving up," said Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the lead plaintiff.