Why Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Changed Her Position on Abortion

  • Stacey Abrams said in a CNN interview that she changed her view on abortion rights.
  • The Georgia gubernatorial candidate was raised in a religious household and grew up anti-abortion.
  • She said she understands religious people, but that ideology has no place in medical decisions.

Georgia Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams explained in a Friday interview with CNN how her perspective on abortion rights has evolved over the years and how she came to support abortion rights after living in a religious household had grown up.

“I was very pro-anti-abortion through much of my upbringing. I grew up in Mississippi, in a very religious family, in a religious community,” Abrams told CNN host Sara Sidner. “And I was brought up to be very uncritical of that question.”

She went on to explain that she had a change of heart after watching a friend confront “the very real consequences” of an unwanted pregnancy that led her to question her beliefs about abortion.

“I understand the genuine concern. But these are religious concerns, or often concerns driven by personal morality. And that should be your choice,” Abrams said in the CNN interview. “But abortion is a medical issue. It’s a medical decision. And in this medical decision there is no place for ideology or politics.”

Abrams is running again against incumbent Brian Kemp – against whom she narrowly lost the 2018 election – for governor of Georgia. In 2019, Kemp signed a controversial “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” that restricted abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and criminalized women who performed abortions at home or abroad. A federal judge finally overturned the law in 2020, but it’s unclear if a similar law will be passed after Roe vs. Wade’s fall on Friday.

“The governor of Georgia has already said he doesn’t care about women and their physical autonomy. He doesn’t care about her health,” Abrams added in the interview. “Because not only has he already passed and signed the most restrictive abortion law in the history of Georgia, with a six-week restriction.

Other Georgian politicians, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and congressional hopeful Herschel Walker, have praised the Supreme Court’s decision and called for even tighter abortion laws in the state. Walker, who is currently running for the Senate, said in May the state should enact a total ban on abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Abrams officials did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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