Planned Parenthood Launches Statewide Accountability Campaign in Georgia
By Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates | Sept. 5, 2019, 3:20 p.m.
Planned Parenthood Drops Mail in Districts Across the State in Response to HB 481
Atlanta, GA– Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates vowed to hold lawmakers who voted for Georgia’s six-week abortion ban accountable, and they partnered with Planned Parenthood Votes to take the first step, launching a statewide accountability campaign. Voters in districts across the state received a campaign mailer, informing them of their elected officials’ voting record on the abortion ban, and encouraging them to get involved in the grassroots campaign to replace anti-abortion lawmakers.
Seven in ten Georgians believe abortion should be safe and legal. Despite that fact, Georgia lawmakers passed a blatantly unconstitutional bill that bans abortion before most people know they’re pregnant, with the express purpose of challenging Roe v. Wade.
“Georgia lawmakers heard from us - they just didn't listen. This spring, Georgians spoke out against house bill 481 like we’ve never seen before. Hundreds of Georgia citizens packed the halls of the State Capitol for weeks on end. More than 300 Georgia business leaders publicly opposed the ban. The medical community was united in opposition to HB 481. The Georgia film and entertainment industry, which employs 97 thousand Georgians, continues to speak out. And more than 6,000 Georgians signed a petition urging Gov. Kemp to veto the bill,” said Staci Fox, president and chief executive officer at Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. “We’re going to make sure that those lawmakers who chose to attack our reproductive rights understand that there are consequences for their votes, and those consequences will come in the form of a pink slip next fall.”
The accountability program will include door knocking, phone banking, texting, direct mail, and digital advertisements to help channel the energy and activism from this legislative session into victories at the ballot in 2020 and beyond. It is part of a coalition effort, including NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia and others, to help elect lawmakers who will work to protect and expand access to reproductive health care - not restrict it.
“Georgia voters won't forget who turned their back on women in 2020. When Brian Kemp and anti-choice legislators pushed through an extreme ban on abortion—in direct contradiction to Georgians' values—they made it clear that it's up to us reclaim their seats and reclaim our rights. That's why NARAL launched the #ReclaimGeorgia campaign: NARAL members will hold lawmakers accountable and we'll always fight to ensure that women are able to control their own bodies and their own destinies,” said Laura Simmons, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia State Director.
As the organizing, advocacy, and electoral arm of Planned Parenthood Southeast, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates (PPSEA) engages electoral activities including voter education and mobilization. We believe elected officials should support policies and programs that help people and their families make responsible choices about the prevention of unintended pregnancies and plan for healthy families. PPSEA works to educate and mobilize the public and elect lawmakers who support these policies.
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