ATLANTA — Some doctors say they’ve struggled to overcome medical exceptions to Georgia’s abortion restrictions in place up until last week, sometimes delaying treatment and putting pregnant patients at risk.

The stricter law, which went into effect July 20, banned abortions after fetal heart activity was detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. It included exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or complications that threaten the life of the pregnant person or render the pregnancy hopeless.

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