#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: “Today, Georgia brought us one step closer to becoming a forced birth nation"

GEORGIA — Today, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed HB 481, also known as the "heartbeat" bill, into law. National prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck released the following statement:

“Today, Georgia brought us one step closer to becoming a forced birth nation.

Georgia’s anti-choice Republican Governor Brian Kemp just signed HB 481 into law, effectively banning abortion. Both of Georgia’s legislative bodies passed this anti-women, anti-science, legislation earlier this month. Last year, we saw historic victories in Georgia’s state legislature where we elected nine prochoice champions. Despite this, the state is still controlled by an anti-choice trifecta. Legislation like Georgia’s 'heartbeat bill' jeopardizes our families and our communities. People do not know if they’re pregnant at just six weeks — and Georgia’s legislation is just the latest in a growing number of bills designed to challenge Roe’s legitimacy in the courts and ban abortion across the nation. Make no mistake, Georgia voters are prochoice and won’t stand for Gov. Kemp’s attempt to deny us our freedom.

We must not forget that America is a prochoice nation. 72% of Americans support the right to choose.

While the extreme, anti-choice conservative minority elected President Trump and took over the Supreme Court, our prochoice nation can still turn fight back if we vote prochoice up and down the ballot, like so many of Georgia’s voters did last November. The passage of Georgia’s 'heartbeat bill' is an emboldened signal to the vocal anti-choice minority that they can successfully pass damaging laws that chip away at Roe. This passage must serve as an alarm bell to our nation’s prochoice majority that it’s time to stand up, fight back, and vote prochoice.”