SisterSong v. Kemp

06.28.2019

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This lawsuit challenges Georgia’s latest legislative effort to ban abortion which is set to take effect on January 1, 2020. House Bill 481 would ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many people even know they are pregnant. The legal challenge was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division on June 28, 2019.

Georgia is one of several states that have passed laws banning abortion this year. Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Arkansas have all passed six, eight, or 18-week bans, all of which have either been temporarily blocked by courts or challenged before their effective date.

Summary:

The organizations bringing forward the lawsuit represent a wide-range of health providers, including SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., Atlanta Comprehensive Wellness Clinic, Atlanta Women’s Medical Center, FemHealth USA d/b/a carafem, Columbus Women’s Health Organization, P.C., Summit Medical Associates, P.C., Carrie Cwiak, M.D., M.P.H., Lisa Haddad, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., and Eva Lathrop, M.D., M.P.H.

Plaintiffs: SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., Atlanta Comprehensive Wellness Clinic, Atlanta Women’s Medical Center, FemHealth USA d/b/a carafem, Columbus Women’s Health Organization, P.C., Summit Medical Associates, P.C., Carrie Cwiak, M.D., M.P.H., Lisa Haddad, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., and Eva Lathrop, M.D., M.P.H.


Center Attorneys: Julie Rikelman, Emily Nestler, Kirby Tyrell

Co-Counsel/Cooperating Attorneys: Susan Lambiase and Carrie Y. Flaxman at Planned Parenthood Federation Of America, Susan Talcott Camp, Rebecca Chan, and Elizabeth Watson at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc., Sean J. Young at American Civil Liberties Union Federation of Georgia, Inc.

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