Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, called for a legislative solution that restores nationwide abortion access after the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, saying, “to let each state decide that the quality of your citizenship is wrong.
Georgia has its own restrictive abortion law that bans abortions when a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected about six weeks inside a pregnancy. Unlike the states with so-called trigger laws, which were designed to enter into force as soon as such a Supreme Court ruling has taken place. was issued, Georgia’s law had already been passed and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, but then suspended by federal courts as unconstitutional.
But now, with the precedent of the Supreme Court overturned, the 11th Court of Appeal in Atlanta would be set to let the law take effect soon.
“Women deserve bodily autonomy, they deserve the right to make those choices,” Abrams told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” adding, “In Georgia in particular, in a matter of days, this six-week ban will be the law of the land. It is terrible, it is appalling, and it is wrong. As the next governor, I will do everything in my power to turn it around. “
Abrams said President Biden “should do what is within the purview of the executive,” but stressed the need for a “legislative solution that restores the constitutional protection of women, regardless of the state in which they live.”
“I think there should be federal law that allows women to have these choices, to have reproductive choices and reproductive justice, and I think it should stop being a political football where the ideology of the leader of A state can determine the quality of life of a woman and her ability to make the choices she needs, ”Abrams added.
Abrams advised companies to consider the health challenges that will face Georgia employees when the 6-week abortion ban begins, noting that abortion restrictions are likely to tighten if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp wins another term.
“I would tell every single business and every single woman to do what is best for the women who work for them. They need to make sure they meet the very real health challenges that women in Georgia face,” he said. Abrams.
She added that Georgia has refused to expand Medicaid and has one of the country’s highest death rates for mothers, and reiterates that citizens and businesses should “take very real account of the danger Brian Kemp poses to women’s lives and welfare in this state. . “
Abrams said Kemp has already shown his “ambiguity” about contraception and that it is “very, very dangerous for women in Georgia right now,” as laws regulating access to birth control are expected to be the next step for Republicans across the country.