Press Release National
Reproductive Freedom for All Condemns Georgia Supreme Court Decision Allowing Abortion Ban to Remain in Place
Georgia — Today, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on abortion at six weeks, which is before many people even know they are pregnant, can remain in place. The case now heads back to the Fulton County Superior Court to determine the constitutionality of the ban.
Reproductive Freedom for All President and CEO Mini Timmaraju released the following statement:
“This ban on abortion before many people even know they are pregnant has wreaked havoc on Georgia families and communities, putting their lives and well-being at risk. We’re grateful to our partners in Georgia for continuing to fight back against this dangerous ban in the courts, and remain committed to working by their side to restore the right to abortion.”
Reproductive Freedom for All Southeast Campaigns Director Alicia Stallworth said:
“The Georgia Supreme Court’s decision to uphold this extreme ban on abortion is a staggering setback for our reproductive freedom. But let’s be clear—this fight is far from over. With our 83,000 members strong across the state, Reproductive Freedom for All Georgia stands alongside our partners ready to mobilize to protect rights and freedoms.”
Polling released by Progress Georgia, in conjunction with Reproductive Freedom for All Georgia (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia) in July found that the majority of Georgians reject bans. The polling found that 72% of all voters, and 86% of Black voters, report that banning abortion at six weeks is very or somewhat concerning.
Georgia’s abortion ban, signed into law by anti-abortion extremist Gov. Brian Kemp, has had a devastating impact on the health and well-being of Georgians. It not only bans abortion before many people even know they are pregnant, but it also puts pregnant people seeking abortion care and medical professionals who provide such care in increased jeopardy of criminalization. According to a Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE) study, the state’s extreme abortion ban “likely bans nearly 90% of abortions in Georgia. This drastic change especially affects Black people, young people, and people with less education—people already facing structural and intersectional inequities in accessing the health care system.”
For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.