ACLU of Georgia

Press Statement: ACLU of Georgia Statement on the Proposed Ban on Legal Abortion and Criminalize the Most Intimate Decision Women and Couples Make

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2019

Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato media@acluga.org

ATLANTA – On Monday morning, a Senate subcommittee passed House Bill 481, a bill that would ban legal abortion and create new legal rights in all respects including the census, taxes, and child support starting at the time cardiac activity becomes detectable. 

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 as likely to die from childbirth. 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.” 

Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato, media@acluga.org

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