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Georgia Judge Rejects State Bid to Delay Hearing on Abortion Law

  • Judge will hear challenge to ban two weeks before midterms
  • State wanted hearing delayed until after November vote
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

A judge will hear arguments challenging Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion ban just two weeks before the November midterm elections, rejecting a request from the state that the hearing be delayed until after the vote.

Abortion has become a key issue in the state’s highly-watched race between Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is hammering Kemp on his support for the law which prohibits most abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected --at around six weeks, when many women would not yet know they’re pregnant.