ACLU of Georgia

Press Release: ACLU to Sue if State Passes Bill that Bans Access to Safe, Legal Abortion and Criminalizes the Most Intimate Decision that Women and Couples Make


Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato

ATLANTA – This afternoon, the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would ban safe, legal abortion. This bill – HB 481 – has Big Government criminalizing the most intimate decision women and couples make.

A woman’s constitutional right to a legal abortion has been settled law for nearly 50 years. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly in support of women and their right to make these decisions.
 “As we speak — Georgia has one of the worst maternal death rates in the nation. And the most recent data indicates that black women are almost three times more likely to die from childbirth than white women are. This is morally outrageous,” stated Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia. “The proposed legislation – HB 481 – represents a callous disregard for their health and wellness and contempt for the Constitutional Rights of Georgia’s women.” 
“If this bill becomes law, it will be challenged. We will see you in court,” Young continued.