WATCH: Georgia Democrats, Pro-Choice Leaders Blast Republicans’ Dangerous Anti-Choice Agenda

May 10, 2022

Today, Georgia Democrats held a press conference slamming Georgia Republicans for their dangerous, unpopular, anti-choice agenda. Following news that Mitch McConnell confirmed a national abortion ban is “possible” if the GOP takes control of Congress, GOP candidates up and down the ballot have promised to work to ban all abortion in Georgia with no exceptions – even though 7 in 10 Georgians support Roe v. Wade and its protections for reproductive freedom.

Herschel Walker and the entire GOP Senate field have said they would ban abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life and would be a rubber stamp for a nationwide abortion ban – while gubernatorial candidate David Perdue and all four Republican candidates for lietuenant governor also support a ban on “all abortion.” Brian Kemp, who bragged about signing “the toughest abortion bill in the country” in 2019, has not ruled out a total abortion ban or taking action to further criminalize abortion in Georgia – and Attorney General Chris Carr is in court right now fighting to “vigorously defend” Kemp’s 2019 bill, which effectively bans abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant. 
 

Watch and download footage of the press conference here.

“Republicans have been planning for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade. This is what they wanted. Just this weekend, Mitch McConnell confirmed that a federal abortion ban is on the table if the GOP takes control in Washington. And Republican candidates up and down the ballot have wasted no time to let Georgians know that they also want to completely ban abortion with no exceptions,” said Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Herschel Walker and the entire GOP Senate field have said they would ban abortions even in cases of rape, or incest, or danger to the mother’s life. They’d be a rubber stamp for a nationwide abortion ban. Gubernatorial candidate David Perdue and all four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor also support a ban on ‘all abortion’ – with no exceptions. Brian Kemp, who bragged about signing ‘the toughest abortion bill in the country’ – which bans abortion before people even realize they’re pregnant – has refused to rule out a total abortion ban or taking action to further criminalize abortion in Georgia. And our Attorney General, Chris Carr, is in court right now fighting to effectively ban abortion in Georgia while also asking the women of Georgia to re-elect him.”

“This GOP agenda is dangerous, and it is on the verge of becoming a reality if Roe v. Wade is overturned and Republicans get their way in the November elections. Right now, Republicans are scheming about what they will do if they stay in power in Georgia or retake control in Washington this November. And they aren’t even hiding it – they’re proudly, publicly stating their intent to ban all abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the person’s life,” said Vivienne Kerly-de la Cruz, Georgia Campaigns Director of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. “There are many, many questions that Georgians deserve answers to, like: How would their abortion bans work, and how would they enforce those bans? What would punishments be for people who got an abortion? What about those who went across state lines to get one?  Would people be punished for having a miscarriage? Do they support a nationwide abortion ban? Every candidate pushing to criminalize abortions must answer these questions. We are facing a pivotal moment for abortion access in our country and this November, every Republican will have to answer for their party’s relentless attacks on Americans’ rights. Make no mistake – the right to choose to make your own health care decisions is on the ballot in the 2022 midterms.”

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