For Immediate Release: November 15, 2017
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Rep. Handel, GOP Leaders Using Provisions Designed to Make College More Affordable to Push Fringe, Anti-Choice Ideology

Ahead of Thursday’s vote on a tax bill pushed by Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) and GOP leaders that will include anti-abortion “personhood” language, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia State Director Laura Simmons issued the following statement:

“Above all, Georgia voters want our elected leaders to be straight with us. Unfortunately, Rep. Handel has chosen to mislead us by using a tax bill as an excuse to enforce her anti-choice agenda. Attacks on reproductive rights have no place in the tax code, and even for the anti-choice GOP, this is too far.

Georgia’s women and families want a tax code that’s fair and helps us plan for the future, not ideological attempts that pave the way towards banning abortion. The question about when life begins is a serious matter for personal reflection with our families and faith communities, not federal tax agents. We look forward to the day that the GOP spends more time supporting the needs of working families in Georgia than trying to force their anti-choice ideology into our lives.”

The GOP bill is the first time that politicians have tried to add so-called “personhood” provisions to federal tax laws, in this case adding the language to tax law that was originally intended to help families save for college. This unprecedented move opens the door for future efforts to restrict access to abortion or to ban it entirely, using the same, partisan definition of when life begins.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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