We The People Oppose the signing of Georgia's "Heartbeat Bill"

We The People Oppose the signing of Georgia's "Heartbeat Bill"

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Adelaide Taylor started this petition to Governor Brian Kemp and

One in four women will have an abortion. Chances are, you know someone who has had one! A common myth is that abortions are new technology. Actually, they were practiced in ancient Greece and Rome. It's been controversial over time, but here's why women in Georgia deserve the right to choose: 

In a world facing overpopulation issues, and with already 400,000 children in the U.S.'s foster care system, adoption isn't always the best option. 

Teen mothers are more susceptible to physical and emotional issues related to pregnancy, and in 2018, roughly 25% of teen pregnancies ended in abortions. This bill forces most of these teenagers to carry the baby to term. Being a teen mom can disadvantage young women, as only 40% of teen moms graduate high school and only 2% graduate college. 

The largest percentage of abortions in the US occurred in 2015 at ≤8 weeks’ gestation. However, only between 39-56.7% of women under the age of 19 had abortions during this period, making younger women much more vulnerable to missing the 6-week limit. 

Georgia leads the U.S. in maternal mortality rates, at 39.3 deaths per 100,000 births in 2016, and black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy compared to white women. Lack of access to hospitals in rural areas, (along with other barriers) keeps women in Georgia at higher risk for pregnancy complications. Forcing all women to carry their children to term in a state where giving birth is sometimes risky and complicated cannot be ethical.

85% of women who get an abortion are unmarried. Many women risk losing their jobs and sources of income because of a pregnancy and a baby who will then be dependent on them as the only parent for at least the next 18 years. 

CDC: Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to induced abortion. Increasing access to and use of effective contraception can reduce unintended pregnancies and further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States. Similarly, easier access to abortions can cause abortions to be performed earlier, rather than later in the pregnancy when the fetus is more developed. 

At six weeks, the embryo is the size of a fingernail/pea/pomegranate seed. The mother, however, is a fully formed human female with all the potential in the world ahead of her. Pregnancy can be a traumatizing and life-changing experience, especially for a woman that believes abortion is a better option for herself. Abortions under the HB481, or the "heartbeat bill" could be punishable by prison, again, taking away women's opportunities and future.

We ask that our state legislature revisit this complicated issue with more respect for women's bodily autonomy and right to choose. No other bodily function is regulated, and our bodies are not the government's property. We encourage those who take issue with abortion to work with organizations that improve the foster care system and access to contraceptives, and respect that you should not try to make such a difficult decision for another woman. 

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