Kemp Refuses (Again) to Confirm Whether He Will Block Attempts to Outlaw Contraception

September 22, 2022

Kemp’s Team Tries to Disclaim The Governor’s Own Words After Outcry

On Monday, Georgia lawmakers held a press conference calling attention to Gov. Brian Kemp’s recent comments that signaled his openness to outlawing emergency contraception in the state if he’s re-elected. In response, Kemp’s team released a statement trying to disown the governor’s own wordsThe Democratic Party of Georgia released the following statement in response:

“When he thought the cameras weren’t rolling, Brian Kemp plainly stated his openness to banning emergency contraception. Now, after backlash from Georgia women, Kemp still won’t commit to protecting our right to access emergency and other forms of contraception if re-elected. Georgia women deserve nothing less than a governor who can firmly commit to vetoing any contraception ban that comes to their desk, and Kemp refuses to do so. With Georgians heading to the polls in under one month, Kemp has put women’s right to access contraception squarely on the ballot,” said Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

In addition to Kemp’s openness to outlawing contraception, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion concurring with his conservative colleagues on the Court to overturn the fundamental right to an abortion, that overturning Roe v. Wade should also open up the Court to review the right to access contraception. If that were to happen, it could send the issue of contraception back to the states.

If Kemp has “never opposed” access to contraception, does that mean he would veto any state level legislation that threatens access to contraception? 

Would Kemp support state level action to protect the right to access contraceptives?


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