“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” 
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice
 Sandra Day O'Connor, 1992

Justice O’Connor’s observation in 1992 defines our reality today. What we have taken for granted as a reproductive right for over 40 years is now under threat. 

THE PAST

Roe v Wade is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that famously invalidated the Texas law in 1973 on the ground that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses a woman's decision whether or not to continue her pregnancy. Click to continue reading.

THE PRESENT

SisterSong v Kemp
ACLU Lawsuit Against Georgia's Abortion Ban
On June 28, 2019, the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood filed SisterSong v. Kemp, a federal lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs, including doctors, health care providers, and their patients challenging Georgia’s abortion ban. Click to continue reading.

THE PROBLEM

Georgia has a maternal mortality crisis.
Georgia is one of the most dangerous in America for a pregnant woman — even more so if that woman is black. In 2016, The Yale School of Public Health found that the pregnancy-related maternal mortality ratio in Georgia was 40.8 per 100,000 live births.

The maternal death rate for white women in Georgia is more than twice that for white women nationally. The maternal death rate for black women in Georgia is twice that for white women in Georgia and 6 times the rate for white women, nationally. Georgia's abortion ban worsens the outlook for women’s health in Georgia. Rather than second guessing women's healthcare decisions, politicians should address Georgia's maternal health crisis. Click here for more shocking statistics. 

THE POLITICIANS

The Georgia State House of Representatives passed the unconstitutional abortion ban on a thin margin of 2 votes, then sent it to Governor Kemp, who signed it into law on May 7, 2019. Politicians should never second guess women’s healthcare decisions. Click to continue reading.

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Today, the ACLU of Georgia is firmly on the frontlines protecting the liberty and freedom of women and couples to decide whether and when to start or expand a family without government interference. Click to continue reading and fund the fight!
 

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