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ATLANTA, GA – Today, on the first day of early voting, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates announced their endorsement of John Barrow for Georgia Supreme Court in a race held on May 21, 2024. With the Dobbs decision and recent developments in Alabama's court rulings on in vitro fertilization (IVF), this election becomes a battleground for reproductive rights and the future of access to healthcare in Georgia.

John Barrow, a seasoned leader with a deep commitment to justice and equality, presents a stark contrast between his opponent. With his extensive experience in law and public service, including 24 years in elective office and a track record of bipartisan appeal, Barrow is the candidate Georgia needs to safeguard its constitutional rights and ensure a fair and impartial judiciary. Barrow starts out with a better name ID and a lead in internal polling, and his lead more than doubles in response to the candidates’ position on abortion rights.

Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates President and CEO, Carol McDonald, on the endorsement:

“Georgians have a daily reminder of the consequences of the overturning of Roe v. Wade leading to the fetal heartbeat ban, roughly a six-week ban, we currently have in effect in Georgia. There is no better time to extend our full support to John Barrow to help create a Georgia Supreme Court that will prioritize choice and access at our highest level in state. John has proven himself to prioritize reproductive access and choice that is vital to all people in Georgia.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. Their ability to get out the vote will elect pro-choice candidates all across the state,” said John Barrow, Candidate for Georgia Supreme Court. “I’m running because we need Justices on the Georgia Supreme Court who will protect the right of women and their families to make the most personal family and healthcare decisions they'll ever make."

Georgia has held 12 consecutive uncontested races for its Supreme Court between 2012 and 2018. Republican incumbent Andrew Pinson, who was appointed by Governor Kemp in 2022, is a member of the Federalist Society and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. As state solicitor general, he signed onto the effort to overturn Roe and has since defended Georgia’s current abortion ban.

Early voting begins today, Monday, April 29th. Election Day is May 21st, 2024. The May 21, 2024, election marks a critical moment for Georgia's judiciary. With no runoff, the outcome will determine the direction of the state Supreme Court for years to come. Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates urges voters to stand with John Barrow and reject the efforts to roll back essential rights and protections.

For more information on John Barrow and his campaign, visit barrowforgeorgia.com.


Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates is committed to protecting and expanding access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and advocating for policies that support the health and rights of all individuals. We believe in the fundamental right of each individual to have access to high-quality, non-judgmental healthcare, regardless of income, race, gender identity, or immigration status.



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