In an unprecedented act last week, an appeals court in Georgia allowed a six-week abortion ban to take effect immediately.
carafem’s Atlanta health center and the Virtual Visit Center were both seeing clients at the moment this happened. With broken hearts, we were forced to turn away over 100 clients and help them find alternative options for care. Today, the center is open and providing abortion care within the legal bounds of the new restrictions, but six weeks is before most people know they are pregnant.
We’re not going down without a fight.
Just yesterday, carafem joined a lawsuit to try to block this ban. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, carafem and other abortion providers and advocates, along with the reproductive justice collective Sister Song, have joined together to resist the six-week ban on abortion care. Several carafem clients added their voices as affidavits in the argument, expressing fear and frustration in their loss of bodily freedom. Join us in the fight by making a donation now.
Severe abortion restrictions are affecting millions.
carafem has provided compassionate, high-quality abortion care in Georgia since 2016, and has provided reproductive health services to thousands of people. For years, abortion has been increasingly difficult to access, especially in the South, as political attacks and legal restrictions intensified. But with the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, abortion bans and severe abortion restrictions are affecting millions of people across the country. We know abortion restrictions compound and disproportionately impact low-income people, BIPOC, undocumented people and migrants, LGBTQIA+ people, those with disabilities, people living in rural areas, and others already facing oppression.
On July 20th when a Georgia court allowed a ban on abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected, the restriction began immediately, forcing abortion providers to turn away many people seeking abortion care. Prior to this action, Georgians could seek the abortion care they needed in their home state until 22 weeks gestation. However, now many people will be forced to travel up to hundreds of miles to Florida or North Carolina to receive abortion care past six weeks.
carafem continues to provide abortion care in Georgia.
carafem is a proud abortion provider, and will continue serving our communities within the bounds of these restrictions. carafem is committed to doing what it takes — including holding states accountable in court — to fight for everyone’s right to abortion care. Help us by making a donation today.