Action Alert: Support Abortion Rights

It’s time to tell our legislators that we support abortion rights!

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Call or email:

Athens Senators

Sen. Bill Cowsert: or (404) 463-1366

Sen. Frank Ginn: or (404) 656-4700

Senate Leadership

Mike Dugan, Republican Senate Majority Leader: or (404) 463-2478

Butch Miller, Republican Senate Pro Tempore: or (404) 656-6578

Geoff Duncan (R), Lieut. Governor: or (404) 656-5030

Make sure to tell your friends in other districts to call their state legislators, too. Don’t know who your legislators are? Find out here.

The Georgia House of Representatives has already voted 93-73 to approve HB 481, also known as the Living Infants and Equality (LIFE) Act or a “heartbeat bill.” The bill, which outlaws abortions after a heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks), heads for a vote in the Georgia Senate as early as this week, after passing out of committee this morning. Athens Reps. Houston Gaines and Marcus Wiedower voted in favor of the bill (Rep. Spencer Frye voted against it). If the Senate votes to approve the bill and Governor Kemp signs it into law (which he has promised to do), Georgia will have one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Planned Parenthood Southeast has said HB 481 effectively bans abortion in the state of Georgia. Many women don’t know they are pregnant at six weeks. While our current laws ban abortion after 20 weeks, this will further restrict a woman’s control over her own body — in a state with one of the highest (if not the highest) maternal death rates in the U.S. and where about half of the counties already do not have access to an ob/gyn. The law makes an exception for women who are pregnant due to rape or incest, but they must have filed a police report. Forcing women to report rape and incest places an unnecessary burden on the survivor, especially within the timeframe of an unwanted and traumatic pregnancy. HB 481 also states that the “full value of a child begins at the first detection of a human heartbeat in the womb” and grants the fetus the status of a dependent minor for income tax purposes. Supporters of HB 481 think the conservative state appellate courts will push this legislation all the way up to the Supreme Court. They see this bill as a means to overturn Roe v. Wade, as so-called “heartbeat bills” conflict with protections offered in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Note: The ACLU and the Georgia Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Coalition are hosting a lobby day at the capitol this Thursday, March 21, at 9 a.m. More information here!

Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:

Hello, My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I do not support laws that effectively outlaw abortion. Please vote no on HB 481 to ensure that women have access to necessary care for their health and are able to control their own bodies. Six weeks is so early that many women won’t know they are pregnant yet, meaning this bill effectively bans abortion, forcing women to make unsafe decisions in regard to their unwanted pregnancies. Research shows that this law will not reduce the number of abortions in Georgia and could cause even more deaths in a state with one of the highest maternal death rates. Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.

Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.

Please contact your legislators TODAY.

TELL THEM: Support abortion rights!

Thanks for caring,

Legislative Action Network Athens for Everyone

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