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Sweeping ruling says state cannot be sued without its consent

Sweeping Ruling Says State Cannot be Sued Without Its Consent

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state is immune from lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of statutes passed by the General Assembly. “Simply put, the constitutional doctrine of sovereign immunity forbids our courts to entertain a lawsuit against the State without its consent,” Justice Keith Blackwell wrote for a unanimous court. The landmark ruling struck down a challenge brought by three OB-GYN doctors against a Georgia law that prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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