#StopTheBans : Support Black Reproductive Justice Activists
By Taylor Crumpton
On May 7th, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed House Bill 481, the “LIFE” act into law, and implemented one of the nation’s oppressive bans against abortions in the United States. In response, a coalition of Black women led reproductive organizations such as SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, Access Reproductive Care – SouthEast, Women Engaged, and the Georgia Chapter of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equitysaid “bet”, and mobilized millions of constituents in advocacy efforts throughout the state to stand in defiance of this draconian legislation. Georgia has the highest maternal mortality rate in the United States, due to systemic barriers embedded within policies which hinder a woman’s ability to bodily autonomy.