Georgia patients sent home after abortion ban comes into effect

by | Jul 21, 2022 | World

When the abortion law in the US state of Georgia abruptly changed this week, some patients waiting for the procedure that had been legal just hours earlier had to be turned away.Melissa Grant, chief operating officer of Carafem, a Washington-based group that operates a reproductive health clinic in Atlanta, called the process of sending home four patients terrible.
“It was difficult every time the staff had to bring it up, whether it was someone on the phone for tomorrow or somebody in the office today,” Grant told The Associated Press news agency.
“They would have to resteel themselves in order to try to be empathetic and understanding in the face of someone who was either going to fall apart, cry, get angry or try to bargain — ‘Isn’t there some way you can still see me?’”
The Georgia law banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around six weeks, took effect on Wednesday afternoon after a federal appeals court earlier that day rejected a challenge to it by abortion providers.
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Chief Judge William Pryor of the Atlanta-based 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel that the state had a “rational basis” for the law, given its interest in “providing full legal recognition to an unborn child”.
Normally, the Georgia ruling would not take effect for weeks, but the court issued a second order on Wednesday allowing the law to take effect immediately.
Georgia passed the law, which also defines “person” to include an “u …

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