Stacey Abrams says her faith in God guides her stand for abortion rights

KENNESAW, Ga. — Stacey Abrams thinks politicians shouldn’t interfere with a woman’s decision to have an abortion, and her own religious faith has bolstered her views in favor of abortion rights.

“Abortion is a medical decision,” Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, told Yahoo News during an interview Sunday in her home state ahead of a campaign event. “It’s also a decision women make because they’re not ready to be mothers. … My responsibility as a legislator is to make sure that we allow doctors, nurses and medical professionals to make medical decisions and that politicians stay out of it.

Abrams, the daughter of two retired United Methodist pastors, also said her religious views are not incompatible with her belief that abortion should remain legal in states like Georgia.

“Although your religious tradition may tell you that you personally do not want to make that choice, it is not my right as a Christian to impose that value system on someone else,” he said. she stated. “Because the value that must take precedence over everything is the right to make our own decisions, the free will that the God in whom I believe has given us.”

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to the press on July 20. (Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Georgia is one of nine states that enacted a six-week abortion ban following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in June. With the decision, the country’s high court concluded that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion.

Under a 2019 Georgia law signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp but only taking effect last month, most abortions are now banned in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, or thereabouts. near the time a doctor can hear the heartbeat of a fetus. The only exceptions to the law are if a woman faces serious health risks or death during pregnancy or in the event of rape or incest.

Pro-abortion rights protesters, one holding a sign that reads: My body, my choice.

Protesters in Atlanta on July 23 against Georgia’s new law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. (]Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Based on that same law, Georgia residents can also claim an “unborn child” as a dependent on their taxes, the state Department of Revenue announced Monday. Fetuses beyond six weeks now have “full legal recognition” as living persons.

“The Department will recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for the Georgia personal income tax exemption,” the department’s statement said.

For abortion advocates like Abrams, the interpretation of the law is another blow to women’s reproductive rights, which have become a central issue in her rematch against Kemp, to whom she narrowly lost the race. governorship in 2018. At Sunday’s event, Abrams listed the repeal of abortion laws, in addition to expanding Medicaid and repealing gun laws in the state, as one of its three main priorities.

Stacey Abrams, along with two other women, all hugging, speak at a rally.

Abrams, right, speaks at a rally in Reynolds, Georgia on June 4. (Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

This can turn out to be a winning question. According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released last week, 42% of Georgia voters said they were more likely to vote for a candidate in favor of protecting abortion rights, while 26% said they approved of the candidates. who wanted to limit access to abortion. About 25% said the question made no difference as to who they would support.

Georgia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, twice the national average, and Abrams believes that placing limits on abortion is a decision that should be left to the woman and her child. doctor.

“Arbitrary policy parameters make no sense, but it should always be that abortion care is available until a fetus is viable, unless that viability threatens the life of the mother and the health of the mother,” she said.

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