State of Georgia Archives: on Abortion

Karen Handel: I cut ties with Planned Parenthood because I was ordered to

One of the rawest and most emotionally-charged moments of the debate came when the two candidates butted heads on health care. Ossoff said Handel "sees fit to impose her own view on Georgians' health care decisions," and cited her short yet high-profile tenure as vice president of public policy at the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Handel resigned from the charity in 2012 and later wrote a book called "Planned Bullyhood" about the group's decision to reverse course on its decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood because of abortion.

"She imposed her own views and cut off funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood," Ossoff said.

"I have been working on women's health issues for nearly my entire life," Handel responded. "I will not be lectured by you or anyone else." She said that she was just one of many employees at Komen and that she carried out the decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood after being instructed to do so by the Komen board.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia House debate Jun 6, 2017

Casey Cagle: Every child is a gift from God; 100% pro-life

No task of government is more important than protecting innocent life. From his first election through the present, Casey Cagle has never wavered in his dedication to stopping threats against the most vulnerable members of our society.

Lt. Governor Cagle is 100% pro-life, and deeply believes that every child is a gift from God who deserves the full protection of our laws, from conception forward. He has acted on this commitment by helping pass numerous pieces of pro-life legislation.

Casey Cagle also believes we must protect all members of our society with strong law enforcement, tough criminal laws and a specific focus on preventing our senior citizens from being victims of fraud.

Source: 2018 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Defend a woman's right to choose and Planned Parenthood

Jon will defend women's access to contraception and a woman's right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women. Planned Parenthood provides essential preventative and reproductive health care services like cancer screenings, STD testing and low-cost birth control to millions of American women. Jon will defend Planned Parenthood in Congress.
Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Karen Handel: Chaired Commission with abortion grants, but opposed them

In 2012, Handel resigned from a leadership role with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation after it reversed its decision to cut ties with the abortion rights group Planned Parenthood. Handel timeline:
  • Nov. 2003: Handel elected to chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission.
  • Nov. 2006: Handel elected Georgia secretary of state--despite a rival's claim that, because the Fulton County Commission approved grants to Planned Parenthood, she supports abortion.
  • March 2009: Handel declares her candidacy for governor. Opponents and Georgia Right to Life criticize her as soft on abortion. Handel blogs that she opposes Planned Parenthood.
  • April 2011: Handel named vice president for public policy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Feb. 2012: Handel resigns from Komen after it reverses a decision to stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood.
  • Sept. 11, 2012: Publishes "Planned Bullyhood," a book that largely concerns her tenure at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia 6th House race Apr 18, 2017

    Johnny Isakson: Returned from surgery to defund Planned Parenthood

    Senate Republicans, aided by Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing Georgia colleague who gingerly made his way to the Capitol with the aid of a wheelchair and a walker, voted Thursday to undo an Obama administration rule preventing states from blocking funding for family planning clinics that also provide abortions.

    Democrats all voted against the bill, as did two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski have long opposed attacks on funding Planned Parenthood, which they argue provides services for women in areas with scarce health care options.

    Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who returned after two back surgeries, was cleared by his doctors to travel for one day only to help pass the measure, but it took Pence's final vote to break the 50-50 tie. The measure will now head to Trump's desk, a onetime supporter of Planned Parenthood who adopted an anti-abortion rights position during the campaign.

    Source: N.Y.Times on 2020 Georgia Senate race Mar 30, 2017

    Drew Ferguson: Life beings at conception

    Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

    Ferguson: I believe that life beings at conception.

    Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Georgia House race Nov 8, 2016

    Jim Barksdale: Comprehensive reproductive health care services for women

    The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not provide paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, meaning that women are forced out of the workplace whenever they chose to start a family or whenever their child is ill.

    While the Affordable Care Act made strides to make women's health care more affordable, more has to be done to ensure that all women have access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

    Jim has always sought to ensure the business he started is family friendly and flexible for all his employees. As a U.S. Senator, Jim will be a vote for equal pay for equal work, paid family and medical leave, paid sick days and comprehensive reproductive health care services.

    Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

    Johnny Isakson: Government should not be funding Planned Parenthood

    Senator Johnny Isakson voted for legislation that would fund the government through fiscal year 2016 while stripping funding for Planned Parenthood and redirecting those funds to women's health care centers to ensure that there is no reduction in funding for women's health:

    "The government should not be funding Planned Parenthood or any abortions in the first place," said Senator Isakson. "It is Congress' responsibility to keep the government open and provide critical funding. I cast my vote today to keep the government funded, protect women's health, and see to it that no tax dollars go to an organization that participates in the abhorrent activities of Planned Parenthood."

    In light of the gruesome video footage detailing Planned Parenthood's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies, Isakson joined Senate Republicans in calling on the administration to launch an investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood.

    Source: Valdosta Today on 2016 Georgia Senate race Sep 25, 2015

    Rick Allen: Fight for the rights of the unborn

    Traditional family values are the very foundation of our democracy and need to be protected. I am 100% pro-life and will fight for the rights of the unborn.
    Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

    Amanda Swafford: Human life doesn't begin at conception

    Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

    Swafford: Disagree

    Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

    Swafford: The Federal government should not be involved in medical decisions.

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

    David Perdue: Human life begins at conception

    Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

    Perdue: Strongly Agree

    Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

    Perdue: Based on my faith, I have deeply held personal convictions that I share with a majority of Georgians. These principles shape my belief in the limited and clearly defined role of government. Additionally, there are certain issues on which I will not waver. I believe that we should promote a culture that values life and protects the innocent, especially the unborn. I also believe that we must protect traditional marriage, keeping it between one man and one woman.

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

    Rick Allen: Human life begins at conception

    Q: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death?

    Allen: Strongly Agree

    Q: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

    Allen: Only to save the life of the mother.

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

    Paul Broun: Human life begins at conception

    Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

    Broun: Strongly Agree

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

    Karen Handel: Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List for pro-life women

    The Susan B. Anthony List is throwing its support to former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel's Senate campaign. The group supports candidates who oppose abortion rights, mostly endorsing Republican women.

    Handel, while at the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, pushed the group to end funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health organization that provides abortions. The move triggered a huge public controversy, the group reversed its decision and Handel resigned.

    The Susan B. Anthony List touts her fight to keep money from Planned Parenthood in its endorsement: "Karen Handel is a strong, articulate pro-life leader," said the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President. "Karen fearlessly exposed the false roots of the 'war on women' PR campaign when she called America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, a bully--and busted the myth that they provide mammograms."

    Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 4, 2014

    Jason Carter: Voted against restrictions on abortion rights

    Source: Vote-Smart voting records: 2014 Georgia governor race Mar 3, 2014

    Michelle Nunn: Safe, legal, rare, and woman's personal decision

    On the issue of abortion, Nunn said that she believes abortions should be "safe, legal and rare and that women should be ultimately able to make this very difficult personal decision in concert with their doctor and their family."
    Source: Fox News coverage of 2014 Georgia Senate debates Jul 23, 2013

    Vernon Jones: Abortions should always be legal

    Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

    Vernon Jones: Supports embryonic stem cell research

    Q: Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?

    A: Yes.

    Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

    Sonny Perdue: Establish a stem cell tissue bank from fetal sources

    [Governor Perdue issued an Executive Order to accomplish the objectives of SB596, which failed during the 2006 legislative session.]
    Source: Georgia Legislative voting records on SB596 Apr 14, 2006

    Sonny Perdue: Require information session 24 hours before abortion

    Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law today the Woman's Right to Know Act (House Bill 197). This legislation updates Georgia's abortion requirements by ensuring that women are given the opportunity to make an informed decision about the procedure.

    HB197 stipulates that women considering an abortion should receive accurate and adequate information 24 hours in advance of the procedure. This information is to include the medical risks of the procedure, probable gestational age of the unborn child, medical risks of carrying the child to term, medical assistance available for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care, and that the father is liable for child support. The bill also seeks to protect minors by requiring that an unemancipated minor be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who must show proper identification and state that they are the lawful parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must also receive notice 24 hours before an abortion is performed.

    Source: Press release: Georgia Legislative voting records on HB197 May 10, 2005

    Jim Martin: I support Roe v. Wade

      Q: What principles do you support concerning abortion?

      A: I support Roe v. Wade’s decision. My Legislative priorities are as follows:

    1. Defend a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
    2. Equitable distribution of State funds.
    3. Strengthen crime prevention and law enforcement.
    4. Foster rational economic development.
    5. Protect the environment.
    6. Protection of all Georgia children.
    7. Support improvement in public education.
    8. Improved efficiency in government.
    Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

    Zell Miller: Promote and fund sexual abstinence programs

    I also want to expand the family planning services in county health departments. We are going to expand two successful, community-based pregnancy prevention programs. One is targeted at teenage males, and it is already in operation in 15 Georgia communities. The other is Grady Hospital’s abstinence-based program for teens called “Postponing Sexual Involvement.”
    Source: 1997 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 14, 1997

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