Today, just hours before the courts ruled allowing Brian Kemp to enact his extreme abortion ban, Georgia Democrats concluded their Defend Choice Week of Action with a press conference in Augusta slamming Republicans for their dangerous and unpopular anti-choice agenda.
Additionally, every single Georgia Republican in Congress, including Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12), voted last week against legislation to codify Roe v. Wade and protect women who travel to another state for reproductive care. Allen and Republicans’ “no” vote on protecting women’s access to reproductive health care is only the latest development in the Georgia GOP’s push for unpopular anti-choice legislation that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose.
“Since Roe v. Wade and its protections for abortion access were overturned, Republicans are now doubling down on their decades-long campaign to strip women of their rights. Telling the women of Richmond County and the women of Georgia’s twelfth congressional district what they can and can’t do with their bodies isn’t just out-of-step with what Georgians want – it’s dangerous to women’s health,” said State Representative Sheila Nelson. “If Republicans keep control, they’ll deny reproductive health care to rape victims. They’ll force minors to carry pregnancies to term. They may even throw women and doctors in jail. This is not the future Georgians want for our state. Georgia deserves leaders who will safeguard our right to make personal health care decisions without government interference.”
“GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker said he wants to make abortion illegal – even in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. No exceptions. Governor Kemp believes that abortion should be banned with no exceptions for rape or incest, and he’s refused to rule out going further than his dangerous ban,” said Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Jordan Johnson. “That’s not something Democrats, Republicans, or Independents here want. That’s why we’re here today – to speak the truth about the dangerous agenda Rick Allen and Republicans want for our district. And I hope that the men of Augusta and the twelfth congressional district will join me in that effort, because the women that we love and respect are not second class citizens.”
“I know I speak on behalf of Augusta women when I say that Republicans’ dangerous anti-choice agenda is not the future we want for our state. Republicans’ push to ban abortions is an attack on our fundamental right to control our own bodies and make our own medical decisions,” said Sarah Moody, President of the Augusta-Columbia Democratic Women’s Club. “Augusta women will not sit back amid the GOP attack on our freedom and our rights. Because millions of women in Georgia will be in danger if Republicans are allowed to enact their extreme abortion bans. It’s crucial that we elect politicians under the Gold Dome and in Washington that will uphold a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.”