The Georgia legislature’s obsession with dismantling the rights of others lead to hours of debate yesterday and the passage of House Bill 954. From the ridiculously ill advised immigration legislation and the notion of using prisoners as a statewide workforce, Georgia has once again stepped back in time with HB 954. Women have joined immigrants and prisoners on the legislature’s most wanted list.
Abortion seems to incite fiery debates—because it is such an emotional and personal decision. When legislators attempt to restrict a woman’s right to make her own decision in consultation with her physician, it is a debate worth having. HB 954 would remove the option of a woman and her family to make a decision about her medical care. It is a private decision that doesn’t need to be legislated. It is personal not political.
The anti abortion House bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and subject physicians and medical personnel to licensing sanctions and criminalization. The bill changes the window of time that an abortion can be performed from 26 to 20 weeks.
The not so subtle attempt by Georgia legislators to disregard Roe v Wade is not missed by women and their supporters in this state. Demonstrate that you trust the women of Georgia and their physicians to do what is best for them and their families. Contact your state representatives to voice your opposition to HB 954. It is not a political decision and politicians shouldn’t make that decision for thousands of Georgia women.