Ga. leaders react to overturning of Roe v. Wade

Leaders on both sides across the Peach State are speaking out after the U.S. Supreme Court...
Leaders on both sides across the Peach State are speaking out after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday morning.(Source: MGN)
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 12:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 2:48 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Leaders on both sides across the Peach State are speaking out after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday morning.

Gov. Brian Kemp said Friday’s ruling is “a historic victory for life.”

“I look forward to its impact on the legal proceeding surrounding Georgia’s LIFE Act, and hope our law will be fully implemented and ultimately protect countless unborn lives here in the Peach State.”

Stacey Abrams, who is running against Kemp in the November governor’s election, said for 50 years, Roe v. Wade “safeguarded the right to choose for millions of women in Georgia (and) nationwide.”

“I am appalled. Enraged. Undaunted and ready to fight back,” Abrams said. “Our freedom matters. Our rights matter. We will not be still.”

Sen. Raphael Warnock said the Supreme Court’s “misguided decision” to overturn the landmark abortion ruling is devastating to women and families in Georgia and the nation.

“Our work to restore the right of women to determine and access their own care must continue. I’ll never back down from this fight because women should be able to make their own health care decisions,” Warnock said.

“Here is the inescapable fact: the Justices’ determination to demolish these long-established protections our only defenses are at the ballot box, in our state legislatures, and in Congress — where I will continue to fight for the principles of Roe v. Wade and the privacy of women’s health care,” said Sen. Jon Ossoff.

District 2 Congressman Sanford Bishop said Friday’s opinion “undermines women’s autonomy to their own bodies and personal healthcare choices.”

“These personal healthcare choices should ultimately rest with a woman, her God and her doctor—not with politicians in 50 different state legislatures that may likely encourage Americans to spy on their neighbors’ for a bounty; stalk women, their friends and supporters; criminalize doctors and otherwise limit access to healthcare,” Bishop said. “While I believe abortion should be rare, it should be legal, safe, and an available choice in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life or health of a woman.”

“Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling not only affirmed the sanctity and dignity of human life but resolved decades of unconstitutional rulings that interfered with democratic processes to protect the most vulnerable in our society,” said David Shafer, Georgia Republican Party chairman.

“I believe in the dignity, value and worth of every human being, both born and unborn. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs is constitutionally correct and rightfully returns the issue of abortion to the states and to the people – where it belongs,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

This is a running list of statements from Georgia leaders on the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This story will be updated as more statements are released.

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