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ICYMI: The Washington Post Details Story Behind Abrams’ Support for Abortion Rights

ATLANTA – Yesterday, The Washington Post highlighted Stacey Abrams’ early view of abortion and the story of how, with time, new information, and reflection, she became a staunch supporter of abortion rights. 

Unlike Brian Kemp, who brags about passing one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, that outlawed the procedure at six weeks, before most people know they are pregnant, Abrams will defend the rights of Georgians to make their own healthcare decisions, including decisions on reproductive health. Additionally, Abrams’ plan to expand Medicaid addresses Georgia’s maternal and infant mortality crises.

After the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion previewing the overturn of Roe v Wade, Abrams emphasized that as governor, she will defend the right to an abortion and fight for reproductive justice.

More from The Washington Post below: 

  • “Abrams has made expanding Medicaid for uninsured adults a key promise in her campaign, saying it would help improve reproductive health care for women in poor and rural communities, many of which lack medical facilities and doctors.”
  • “Kemp, 58, opposes abortion rights. Shortly after taking office in 2019, he signed one of the nation’s strictest antiabortion laws, banning the procedure in most cases once fetal cardiac activity can be detected; this can be as early as six weeks, and before many women know they are pregnant.”
  • “Among Georgia voters, 68 percent said they opposed the Supreme Court overturning Roe, according to a January poll by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and 54 percent opposed the state’s six-week abortion ban, with 38 percent supporting it. (In 2019, the margin was closer, with 49 percent opposed to the ban and 45 percent in favor.)”
  • “Opposition to abortion restrictions was even stronger among Black voters: 87 percent said they did not want to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Roe, and 74 percent opposed Georgia’s abortion ban.”
  • “If Roe is overturned, Finney and other advocates said, low-income Black women in states like Georgia would be disproportionately affected because they are less likely to have the resources to seek abortion care in another state.”
  • “Georgia has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the nation — 66 deaths per 100,000 live births — and Black mothers in the state are twice as likely to die than White women.”
  • “…Because fundamentally, the answer is that this is a medical decision and it is a personal decision. And in neither of those two instances should there be any intervention by a politician.”

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