January 22nd marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that guaranteed reproductive freedom for all women and enhanced the privacy protections of all Americans. While it is unfortunate that reproductive freedom is still under attack 40 years later, we would like you to know that the ACLU and the ACLU of Georgia remain vigilant in our support of reproductive freedom and respect for the personal autonomy of all women.

In the courts...

In 2012, the ACLU of Georgia and the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, seeking to prevent the State from implementing a 20-week abortion ban. In December 2012, the Fulton County Superior Court issued an injunction against the law as it applies to pre-viable abortion care and the injunction remains in effect today. By bringing this suit, we prevented this anti-choice law from infringing upon the rights that Georgia women are guaranteed underRoeand we are confident that the Georgia courts will find this law unconstitutional.

In the legislature...

We are continuing to fight against legislative efforts that undermine reproductive freedom. At the Georgia General Assembly, our legislative team is working hard to defeat Senate Bill 284, a bill that will make it more difficult for minors seeking judicial bypass to obtain an abortion. Very few minors seek judicial bypass and those who do are often vulnerable young women coming from abusive situations who fear life-threatening consequences if they discuss their pregnancy with their families. Going to court can be intimidating to even the most sophisticated adults, but it is even more intimidating for pregnant teenagers who are often navigating the legal system for the first time in their lives and who are doing so under severe physical and mental stress.

Reproductive freedom is more than just protecting a woman's right to an abortion. It is also about supporting a woman's choice to have a child in a safe and dignified manner. House Bill 7, "The Birth with Dignity Act," would prohibit the use of shackles and handcuffs on incarcerated women during delivery and post-delivery. The use of shackles and other restraints is unnecessary, demeaning and poses serious medical risks to the woman and her unborn child. We support this bill and believe it is essential to protecting the reproductive freedom of incarcerated women.

What you can do...

We encourage you to join us at our weekly "By the People" Lobby Days, held each Tuesday at 9 am during the state legislative session. We meet in Room 605 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building across the street from the Georgia State Capitol. For more information, please visit: {CCM:BASE_URL}/get-involved/legislative-work/.

On Tuesday, February 25, we will focus on reproductive freedom and we are co-sponsoring a walk for women's rights called "Walk in My Shoes, Hear Our Voice" (http://www.hearourvoice.org/).

Watch the "Won't Go Back" video here or Learn the "Won't Go Back" Dance Routine and perform it with us Flash Mob style at Walk in My Shoes, Hear Our Voice on February 25th!

  • Learn the dance routine on Saturday, January 25th, Wednesday, January 29th and February 15th. (RSVP Now!)
  • Or download the instructional video, music, and steps here: "Won't Go Back" Dance Kit to learn the routine at home.

View the comic illustrated by Jen Sorenson titled Stealth Attack: What you need to know about the new abortion laws

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