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Filed On

Jun 28, 2019

Decided On

Jul 13, 2020

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The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs, including doctors, health-care providers, and their patients challenging HB 481, a law that bans abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy—before many people even know they are pregnant. 

HB 481 is an omnibus abortion law that bans abortion once a “fetal heartbeat” has been detected, and recognizes fetuses and embryos as “natural persons.”

Plaintiffs allege that HB 481 violates Georgians’ right to privacy and liberty secured by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution since the law prohibits abortion prior to viability.

Plaintiffs further allege that by redefining the meaning of “natural person” throughout the entire Georgia code to include an embryo/fetus in utero at any stage of development, HB 481 infringes on a person’s right to abortion and bodily autonomy—thereby violating their right to privacy and liberty secured by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


On October 1, U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones entered a preliminary injunction blocking the law.


Key Documents

Complaint – 6/28/19

Plaintiffs Memo in Support of Preliminary Injunction – 7/23/19

District Court Order Granting Preliminary Injunction – 10/1/19

District Court Order Blocking HB 481 – 7/13/20