In response to reports that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, released the following statement:
“Reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right. Let me be clear that abortion is still legal – but if the reports on the impending Roe v. Wade decision are correct, it will spell the end of legal abortion in many states led by extremist Republicans, including Georgia.
“The stakes of the upcoming midterms election could not be higher, especially with incumbent Republicans like Brian Kemp and Chris Carr and candidates like David Perdue and Herschel Walker standing at the ready to ban abortion outright. We must protect and expand our congressional majorities with the power to federally codify Roe v. Wade, and we must elect Democrats at the state and local levels who will take action to protect abortion access for all Georgians.
“Make no mistake – if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the midterm elections in Georgia will be a referendum on reproductive freedom. More than two thirds of Georgians support Roe v. Wade, and we will not stand silent as we face the greatest threat to women’s health care and bodily autonomy in half a century. Rest assured that Georgia Democrats are prepared to fight like never before to protect abortion rights and elect pro-choice leaders who will safeguard our freedoms.”
Georgia Republicans on the ballot stand ready to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Brian Kemp has fought tooth and nail as governor to roll back reproductive rights, including passing “the toughest abortion bill in the country” – which is poised to go into effect if Roe is overturned. David Perdue, who sponsored abortion restrictions in the Senate, has “promised to pursue more restrictions” on abortion if elected governor.
Every Republican candidate for U.S. Senate supports banning abortion, including Herschel Walker, who has said he will “vote for any legislation” that bans abortions – “including in instances of rape and incest”.
Attorney General Chris Carr signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and is still in court pushing for Georgia Republicans’ six-week abortion bill to go into effect.
In anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Georgia Republicans are advocating for a special legislative session this summer “to enact stiffer abortion restrictions.”