by Steven Ertelt
April 10, 2006
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — A few hundred abortion advocates turned out at a pro-abortion rally at the state capitol Sunday. The event was marked with signs and chants and speakers told activists that the state should not become the next South Dakota by banning all abortions.
"On March 6, 2006, the governor of South Dakota signed into law a measure deliberately designed to challenge the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. South Dakota’s radical move has woken up many Americans to the very real threats to their health,” rally organizer Georgia for Choice said.
The event featured several candidates and elected officials.
Georgia State Rep. Able Mable Thomas gave a speech saying that when abortion advocates don’t speak up, "the space for those who are against our interests opens up."
Congressional candidate Steve Sinton, Lt. Governor candidates Greg Hecht and Jim Martin, Secretary of State candidate Angela Moore; State School Superintendent candidate Carlotta Harrell, and others participated in the pro-abortion event.
The rally included several speakers and a march past Woodruff Park and back to the Capitol Building.
"Up with animals, yeah yeah! Down with evil, boom boom!” shouted one organizer. Others carried signs such as “Reproductive Freedom Now!” and “Keep Abortion Legal!"
In November, the Georgia Department of Health released the latest abortion figures for the state.
According to health officials, abortions performed in Georgia fell by a stunning 5.3 percent from 2003. There were 32,708 abortions in 2004, down from 34,545 in 2003.
Since their peak in 1990, abortions in Georgia have dropped 17 percent.
Officials with Georgia Right to Life credit a television campaign they began three years ago targeting DeKalb and Fulton counties, where an estimated 75 percent of abortions in the state occur.
The ads feature the 1-800-395-HELP phone number operated by national pregnancy centers organizations Care Net and Heartbeat International. When women with an unexpected pregnancy call the number, they are referred to local pregnancy centers that provide various forms of assistance.
Related web sites:
Georgia Right to Life – https://www.grtl.org