Stacey Abrams: ‘Unless I Replace Brian Kemp, There Will Be a Desert of Access for Black Women Across the South’

Melanie Arter | October 10, 2022 | 3:36pm EDT
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 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and members of the Rabun County Democrats group on July 28, 2022 in Clayton, Georgia. Abrams is running against current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp the election is to be held on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

( - When asked where she draws the line at abortion, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Sunday that she believes that “the point of viability as determined by a doctor should always take into consideration the life and health of a woman.”

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Shannon Bream asked Abrams if she were to become governor where she would draw the line for abortion - 15 weeks, 36 weeks - “What’s the limit?

“What I’ve always said is that abortion is a medical decision that should be made by a doctor and the woman and that the point of viability as determined by a doctor should always take into consideration the life and health of a woman. That should be the standard,” Abrams said.

“The arbitrary standards of timelines ignore the medical reality that it is a fallacy we know exactly when a pregnancy starts, that we know exactly where we are in the system - I mean in the term - and what doctors will tell you is they need to make decisions based on the woman they are treating, and women will tell you is that they need the right to make medical decisions that can save their lives and save their ability to control their body and their futures,” she said.

Bream asked Abrams whether she shares the view of rapper Kanye West, who told Fox News that there are more black babies aborted than born in New York City.

I share the concern of women across the state of Georgia that they are being denied access to medical care, that in the state of Georgia, black women are most likely to die of maternal mortality issues because they are denied access to healthcare under this governor before they get pregnant.

They are denied access to medical care during their pregnancy because of the medical shortage that we have in the state of Georgia fomented by this governor that when they have this child, if they choose to carry a child to term, if they’re even allowed the choice of what they want to do, that post-partum, they are denied access to health care afterward.

We know that in Brian Kemp's Georgia, a black woman faces a lethal choice, and that is to either to have a crystal ball and know she's pregnant before she can actually know or face forced pregnancy with very little support. 

In the state of Georgia, Brian Kemp has said that Herschel Walker is entitled to his personal choices, but no woman is, and that is unconscionable, and for black women in particular, but women writ large, the right to control our bodies, the right to our medical care should be sacrosanct, and unfortunately, unless I replace Brian Kemp there will be desert of access for black women across the south. 

Georgia will be the only state - if I become governor, we will be the only state from Texas to South Carolina women can have access to care. That’s 56% of the black population of the United States, centered in the south and denied access to life-saving medical care, and so I’m going to  fight as hard as I can to protect the right to abortion, because that’s how we protect the rights of women and that’s how we protect the rights of Georgians. 

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