In Georgia, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of January 1, 2018:
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion if the woman’s life is endangered or her health is severely compromised.
- Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- An abortion may be performed at 20 or more weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered, her physical health is severely compromised or there is a lethal fetal anomaly. This law is based on the assertion, which is inconsistent with scientific evidence and has been rejected by the medical community, that a fetus can feel pain at that point in pregnancy.
These restrictions not only question a person’s ability to make their own personal health decisions but are not scientifically accurate. With over 400 anti-abortion policies being passed across the states since 2010, these barriers are a part of the anti-abortion agenda that is inherently anti-women and rooted in questioning our authority over our own lives. Policy makers should not be able to pick and choose what rights we deserve to have!
In 2014, some 96% of Georgia counties had no clinics that provide abortion, and 58% of Georgia women lived in those counties.
Source: Guttmacher Institute
1.9 million Georgians make less than $15 per hour. Georgia’s state minimum wage is $5.15, making it one of two states with a minimum wage that is lower than the federal requirement. While the federal minimum wage ensures the majority of Georgians are paid at least $7.25 per hour, independent contractors, students, tipped workers and people with disabilities remain vulnerable to being paid less than both the federal and state minimum wages.
Sources: U.S. Department of Labor & National Conference of State Legislatures
Between 2009 and 2013 the top 1 percent of earners captured all income growth in Georgia.
Source: Economic Policy Institute
Over the past 15 years, low-income households routinely spent a larger share of their income on transportation than wealthier households. In fact, in 2014 lower-income households spent nearly 16 percent of their income on transportation in 2014.
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Research indicates that access to reliable and affordable transportation affects employment rates and even seeking healthcare…
“A 2012 survey of 698 low-income patients in a New York City suburb reported that patients who rode the bus to the doctor’s office were twice as likely to miss appointments as patients who drove cars. And in 2013, a review published in the Journal of Community Health found that around 25 percent of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled their appointments due to lack of transportation.”
-Imran Cronk, The Transportation Barrier
Georgia’s rate of placing people on probation is the highest in the nation. Georgia’s rate of placing people on probation is the highest in the nation. In 2014 there were 6,161 Georgians on probation per 100,000 adult residents. That same year there were only 1,568 people on probation per 100,000 adults nationally.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
As communities of color we fight for our lives on multiple fronts. Our reproductive justice, economic security and even the over-criminalization of black and brown bodies attacks on our freedom. That’s why we must hold local policymakers accountable and use our collective power to push for policies that can improve these conditions.