ATLANTA – Today, the Georgia legislature passed HB 481, a bill that would ban safe, legal abortion and criminalize the most intimate decision women and couples make. The abortion ban bill is now headed to Governor Kemp’s desk for his signature to become law.
“If Gov. Kemp signs this abortion ban bill into law, the ACLU has one message: we will see you in court,” stated Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia.
“Georgia has one of the worst maternal death rates in the nation. Black women in Georgia have a maternal death rate of more than three times the unacceptably high rate for white women,” Young continued. “This bill further erodes the health and well-being of Georgia’s women and reveals a callous disregard for their well-established Constitutional rights.”
A woman’s constitutional right to 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.