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Stacey Abrams goes from campaign fundraising to abortion rights aid

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Stacey Abrams – one of the Democratic Party’s most notable fundraisers – suspended fundraising for her Georgia gubernatorial run to redirect funds to abortion rights groups after a draft Supreme Court opinion signaling the end of a constitutional right to abortion has been made public.

“This moment demands action, so I’ll be blunt: the abomination of this leaked opinion is coming to find us all,” Abrams said Wednesday in a campaign email. “Women in Georgia and across the country. LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. And especially those of color or low income. This is a terrifying time for our nation.

“In response, we have the right to be angry and the right to be right,” the Democrat added. “But my parents taught me that it’s not enough to just be upset; you must act.

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Abrams, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, has listed a number of abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood Southeast and NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, that would benefit from his campaign funds. The announcement came a day after the former state lawmaker expressed her anger on Twitter over the draft notice which could mean the end of a constitutional right to abortion.

“As a woman I am enraged by the continued assault on our right to control our bodies + our future,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “As an American, I am appalled by the violation of SCOTUS and its implications. As the next governor of Georgia, I will defend abortion rights and fight for reproductive justice.

This is not the first time that Abrams, who also ran for governor in 2018, has used funds to help abortion rights groups. In June 2019, Fair Fight Action — a voting rights organization that has raised more than $100 million since it was founded by Abrams in 2018 — made a number of $10,000 donations to advocacy groups. abortion rights after Republicans in Georgia imposed new restrictions on abortion.

Abrams’ ability to temporarily redirect funds to groups working to expand access to abortion is believed to be possible in part because she regularly beats her top GOP competitors, Gov. Brian Kemp and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) in the fundraiser. Kemp and Perdue are candidates in the Republican primary for governor.

She reportedly raised more than $9 million a month after announcing her second attempt at the Governor’s Mansion. His campaign plans to share the most recent numbers later on Wednesday.

Perdue responded to the leaked draft by praising the court’s new turn on the issue.

“Any Supreme Court ruling that saves innocent lives would be a historic step,” he tweeted. “If I was governor when this decision was made, I would call the legislature back in special session to ban abortion in GA.”

And while Kemp expressed support for the investigation into how the memo was made public, he responded to the news by stressing his anti-abortion bona fides.

“Under my leadership, Georgia will remain a state that upholds the values ​​of life at all stages, and as we anticipate the United States Supreme Court’s decision, Georgians must be assured that I will continue to fight for the strongest pro-life law in the country,” he said. tweeted on Tuesday.


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