Federal judges block "heartbeat" abortion laws in Tennessee and Georgia
Why it matters: The laws were some of the most restrictive in the country. Both laws would have made abortions illegal once a heartbeat is detected, which happens around six weeks when most women don't even know they are pregnant.
In Georgia, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones struck down Georgia's 2019 "heartbeat" abortion law as unconstitutional.
- Jones wrote: “HB 481 violates the constitutional right to privacy which, in turn, inflicts per se irreparable harm on plaintiffs.”
In Tennessee, U.S. District Judge William Campbell blocked the state's abortion law shortly after Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill on Monday.
- The court also blocked the provision banning abortions based on race, sex or diagnosis of Down syndrome.
- Some provisions from the law are still in place, but they do not further ban the procedure in Tennessee.