By State Representative Sandra Scott (D-Rex)
In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Georgia has witnessed a disturbing trend: a near-total abortion ban backed by Republican lawmakers. This assault on women’s reproductive rights is not only unconscionable but poses a significant threat to the lives and well-being of Georgia women.
The draconian measures put in place by Republicans in the State Capitol have eliminated access to abortion care, leaving women in dire straits. This restrictive legislation forces women, particularly those facing life-threatening medical conditions, to navigate a maze of obstacles to obtain the necessary care. The lack of exceptions for rape or saving the mother’s life reflect a callous disregard for the realities women may face.
It is disheartening to witness Republican politicians in Georgia attempt to soften their stance on such critical matters. However, as the saying goes, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” The actions of these politicians clearly reveal a distrust in women to make their own healthcare decisions.
In his State of the State address, Governor Brian Kemp claimed, “We trust our citizens more than we trust the government.” If this were genuinely the case, there would be trust in Georgia women to make their own healthcare decisions, doctors to act in the best interest of their patients and teachers to educate without interference.
The underlying issue here is control. Republican politicians are more interested in asserting control over women’s bodies than in improving the lives and livelihoods of Georgians. This perspective starkly contrasts with the Democratic belief that women are fully capable of making their own healthcare decisions. Democrats under the Gold Dome stand firm in their commitment to restoring reproductive freedom for the people of Georgia.
It is imperative to recognize that the right to make personal healthcare decisions should not be subject to the whims of politicians. The autonomy and agency of women must be respected, allowing them to consult with their doctors and make decisions that align with their individual circumstances.
Democrats in Georgia vow to stop at nothing to ensure that reproductive freedom is reinstated for all residents. The fight for women’s rights and healthcare autonomy is not just a political stance; it is a fundamental commitment to the well-being and dignity of every individual in the state. As the debate unfolds, it is crucial to stand in solidarity with those advocating for trust in women and the restoration of their right to make their own healthcare decisions.
Representative Sandra Scott represents the citizens of District 76, which includes portions of Clayton County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves as the Minority Caucus Chief Deputy Whip. She also serves on the Banks & Banking, Defense & Veterans Affairs, Human Relations & Aging, Insurance and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.