Georgia’s new law “is so extreme that it criminalizes doctors who provide life-saving care, and it even allows the state to investigate women for having miscarriages,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood’s CEO and president.
“We will fight this bill,” she promised. “This is about patients’ lives.”
“Today’s women can only thrive in a state that protects their most basic rights—the right to choose when and whether to start or expand a family. Georgia can’t afford to go backwards on women’s health and rights,” Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, said in a statement. “We will act to block this assault on women’s health, rights, and self-determination.”
While the new ban in Georgia has garnered widespread opposition—especially given its ultimate intentions and potential consequences nationally—the legislation has also spurred the state-level #ReclaimGeorgia campaign, launched Tuesday by local reproductive rights advocates.
Laura Simmons of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia told the Journal-Constitution that the campaign’s purpose is to “educate voters and put lawmakers on notice that advocates for reproductive freedom will not let legislators off the hook for turning their backs on women and families by voting to criminalize abortion and punish women.”
“We warned you: if you choose to vote against women’s rights, we’ll be voting against you in the next election,” added Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. “That begins now.”
Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the gubernatorial race to Kemp last year in an election rife with allegations—including from Abrams—that the state’s Republican leadership engaged in voter suppression.
“Bad policies like the forced pregnancy bill are a direct result of voter suppression,” Abrams tweeted Tuesday. “If leaders can silence Georgians’ voices at the ballot box, they can ignore Georgians’ voices when in office. We will fight back in court and at the voting booth.”
EMILY’s List is a national group that works to get Democratic pro-choice female candidates elected to political office. Noting that the Georgia measure is designed to challenge Roe, the group said on Twitter, “This is a perfect example of why we need to elect more pro-choice Democratic women to protect our healthcare.”
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