ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: ACLU of Georgia Files Lawsuit in Federal Court Challenging Georgia’s Abortion Ban


Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato

Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia
Sean J. Young, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia
Monica Simpson, Executive Director of Sister Song
Kwajelyn J. Jackson, executive director of Feminist Women’s Health Center
Staci Fox, CEO/President of Planned Parenthood Southeast 

Press Conference

Richard B. Russell Federal Building
(on the Martin Luther King side)
75 Ted Turner Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Friday, June 28, 2019, noon

The ACLU, ACLU of Georgia, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Southeast have filed in federal district court SisterSong v Kemp, a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s abortion ban. 

“Reproductive freedom means that these are private, personal decisions that a woman makes based on her own faith, her own family, and advice from her own physician,” said Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia. “Politicians have no place in these personal decisions.”

“Feminist Women’s Health Center has been providing comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion care, to Georgians since 1976 and mobilizing in our communities since 1996. We are challenging this unconstitutional law because we are committed to serving our patients, and to a vision of Georgia where reproductive justice is fully realized for everyone. This clinic stays open,” said Kwajelyn J. Jackson, executive director of Feminist Women’s Health Center.

SisterSong represents Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American women and trans people SisterSong organizes with a large base whose members include Georgians who can become pregnant and need the freedom to make their own health care decisions, including the decision to end a pregnancy. 

Planned Parenthood Southeast
“This spring, Georgians came out in opposition to HB 481 like we’ve never seen before. As an abortion provider, a reproductive rights advocate, and a litigator, Planned Parenthood vowed to fight this dangerous ban every step of the way. Today we take that next step. By filing this lawsuit, we are defending the rights of our patients and we are lifting up the voices of countless Georgians who were ignored this legislative session. Abortion is still safe, legal, and available in Georgia, and we plan to keep it that way,” said Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast.