Carolyn Bourdeaux Statement on GA Senate Passage of Anti-Choice HB 481

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2019

Carolyn Bourdeaux Statement on GA Senate Passage of Anti-Choice HB 481

Atlanta, Georgia – Today, the Georgia State Senate passed HB 481, an extreme anti-abortion bill that would effectively ban the procedure statewide. Bourdeaux’s own State Senator, Renee Unterman (R-Buford), carried the bill through her Senate Science and Technology Committee and voted for the legislation today.

Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, released the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed in the Georgia State Senate, and my State Senator Renee Unterman, for voting to pass HB 481,” Bourdeaux said. “Health care decisions must be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor—not politicians. This legislation is flatly unconstitutional and if implemented, it will have disastrous implications for the health and freedom of women in our state. This vote prioritized an extreme political agenda over Georgia women’s health, and I would like to thank the advocates who fought so hard against it.”

Last week, Bourdeaux rallied supporters and constituents at the Georgia State Capitol against HB 481 and delivered a petition to Unterman, urging her to vote against the bill. The petition now has over 500 signatures from men and women across GA-07 and the state of Georgia.

You can view the petition here:, and a PDF copy of the petition letter is also attached.

Carolyn Bourdeaux is a professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, who is running for Congress to fight for quality, affordable health care, a world-class education and a government that works for the people. She was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 7th Congressional district, coming within 433 votes of flipping the seat, marking the closest U.S. House race nationwide. Bourdeaux was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), served as director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, and was the founding director of Georgia State’s Center on State and Local Finance. She earned degrees in history and economics from Yale University, a Master’s degree in public administration at the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in public administration at Syracuse University, focusing on public finance.

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