Two, dueling six-week abortion bans - HB 481 and a separate senate bill, which is still unavailable - are currently working their way through the Georgia Legislature.
These bills would serve as a de facto ban on abortion - outlawing the procedure before most women even know they’re pregnant.
“These six-week bans simply go too far - restricting abortion before most women even know they are pregnant. This would serve as a de facto ban on all abortion in the state,” said Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. “And beyond that - these bans are blatantly unconstitutional and Georgia lawmakers know it. Georgians are just a pawn in this game to challenge access to safe, legal abortion nationally.”
Time and time again, the courts have confirmed similar abortion bans are unconstitutional. Just last year, a U.S. District Judge ruled that a 15-week ban in Mississippi was unconstitutional because it “unequivocally” violated women’s constitutional rights and similar laws in North Dakota, Iowa, and Arkansas have also been struck down.
Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates is committed to fighting these bills every step of the way to preserve vital health care rights for Georgia's women.