"The emphasis must not be on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
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In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that total state bans on abortion violated a pregnant woman's rights. The case, Roe v. Wade, represented a landmark decision and divided the nation's public opinion. In ruling in favor of Roe, the Supreme Court majority justified its decision under a right to privacy stemming from the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Since this decision, abortion has become one of the most contentious issues in America's political landscape.
The ACLU believes that, as the Supreme Court outlined in Roe v. Wade, a woman's right to choose whether to continue her pregnancy is fully up to her. The government should not be involved with said decision and must respect a woman's privacy in making such a monumental decision. We will continue to fight to ensure that the reproductive freedom of women is a legal reality in Georgia and across America.