Democratic Party of Georgia Kicks Off “Defend Choice Week of Action” in Macon

July 12, 2022

Middle Georgia leaders called out Georgia GOP’s anti-choice agenda as Democrats speak out across the state, country

Yesterday, the Democratic Party of Georgia kicked off a Defend Choice Week of Action in Macon as part of a national push to mobilize supporters and engage voters across the country following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Democrats across the state are calling out Republicans for attacking reproductive rights, highlighting what’s at stake in November, and continuing to organize to elect Democrats up and down the ballot to stop Brian Kemp and Chris Carr from implementing their extreme abortion ban in Georgia – and keep Herschel Walker out of the U.S. Senate, where he would vote for a nationwide abortion ban without exceptions.

To get involved in the Week of Action and local organizing opportunities, Democrats in Georgia and across the country can visit

“Conservatives have campaigned for fifty years to erase women’s constitutional right to determine their reproductive futures. Now, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe has cleared the path for Georgia Republicans to push their agenda criminalizing all abortions without exceptions. This Defend Choice Week of Action represents an opportunity for Democrats across Georgia to channel their anger into organizing, and work to hold Republicans accountable,” said Democratic Party of Georgia spokesperson Ryan Radulovacki.

Here’s what Georgians in Macon are seeing as Democrats kick off the Week of Action:

41NBC in Macon:

  • 41NBC Anchor: “Georgia Democrats say even though abortion remains legal in the state, they’re concerned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade threatens women today because it makes it illegal for women to decide on issues related to their health.
  • “At a news conference this morning in downtown Macon, they spoke out against anti-abortion laws that Republican lawmakers are working to enact. Representative Miriam Paris says Georgia’s six week abortion ban, which has been held up in court since 2019, is among her top concerns.”
  • State Rep. Miriam Paris: “This is a very serious issue for women going forward. Our rights as humans are being infringed upon. Women’s rights are human rights.”

13WMAZ in Macon:

  • 13WMAZ Anchor: “Today in downtown Macon, Georgia Democrats urged people to get ready to vote this November, saying women’s health is on the ballot.”
  • Courtney Driver: “We will not be silent amid the GOP attacks on our freedom and our rights.”
  • 13WMAZ Anchor: “State Democrats say people should vote for candidates who will defend reproductive rights. Governor Kemp signed Georgia’s heartbeat bill; it still has not gone into effect. Georgia Democrats warn state Republicans could go further, banning abortion in the state altogether.” 

WGXA in Macon:

  • WGXA Anchor: “Georgia could soon see itself among the states with stricter abortion rights – but not if Georgia Democrats get their way. Several Democrat leaders were in Macon today, calling out the state Republicans for their push to make a six week abortion ban law.
  • “The Democrats say Republicans are out of touch with Georgians, saying nearly 70% are against stricter abortion access.”
  • State Rep. Miriam Paris: “If Georgians do not get out and vote for pro-choice candidates, then we believe – if they flip the Senate – we are in for a much longer ride than what we’ve seen before.” 

Macon Telegraph

  • State Rep. Miriam Paris: “The Supreme Court’s decision has cleared the way for Republicans to roll back the fundamental rights of women to make their own health care decisions – including here in Georgia.
  • “If the governor’s extreme abortion ban becomes the law of the land in Georgia, abortion will be outlawed before most women even know they are pregnant.”
  • Courtney Driver: “Reproductive health care decisions should only involve a patient and their doctor. Politicians do not need to be involved. 
  • “Every woman deserves the opportunity to do what’s best for her and her family, without fear of government interference
  • “We must stand up to Republican politicians up and down the ballot who are trying to force their extreme political agendas into women’s private medical decisions. We will not be silent amid the GOP attack on our freedom and our rights.”
  • State Rep. Miriam Paris: “This is not the future Georgians want for our state. Me and my Democratic colleagues in the state legislature will continue to fight for the fundamental right to reproductive freedom.”


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