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Health Care


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Health Care


Share what the Affordable Care Act means to you.

 

Since Congress decided not to vote on the American Health Care Act and has tabled discussion of reforming health care for some time, we still have time to show our representatives in D.C. that we need key provisions from the Affordable Are Act.  Every Georgian deserves quality, affordable health care – but the current Republican proposal would remove key protections from the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood.

Tell your U.S. senators or representative you oppose stripping the ACA of crucial protections: Find their contact information here.

If you have a story about how the ACA has helped you, or what these protections mean for you, please share it below.

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HB 51


HB 51


Thanks to the hard work of survivors and community members, we defeated HB 51, now SB 71, this session. This bell would have eroded safeguards and protections for victims of sexual assault on college campuses, and could have led to fewer survivors coming forward.  


We Will Not Be Silenced

By Grace Starling

I am a survivor of sexual assault, but that is not all I am.

I am a daughter, and I remember what it was like to tell my parents that their child had been raped.

I am a student, and I remember what it was like just trying to pass my classes while participating in a criminal investigation.

I am also a Georgia citizen, and as a citizen, I have chosen to channel my experience into publicly opposing House Bill 51, a bill aimed at destroying the majority of safeguards and protections for victims of sexual assault on our college campuses. 

This bill would make Georgia universities dangerous for students who have been raped. By stripping universities of their ability to respond to sexual misconduct on college campuses – including disciplining offenders – students like myself would lose access to the services and supports that allow us to continue our education.

As of this writing, survivors and advocates have visited the Capitol every day to share our stories, concerns, and fears about this legislation with our representatives and senators. Our efforts have connected students, survivors, and advocates all over the state and amassed nearly 7,000 signatures in opposition. But despite countless attempts to participate in the legislative process in a constructive way, we have been ignored, patronized, dismissed, and insulted.

Public testimony against the bill has been limited, with hundreds of survivors denied the chance to speak.  The few allowed to testify have been called back to the microphone to be chided, embarrassed, and ridiculed by members of the committee like Rep. Barry Fleming and Rep. Ed Setzler. Most egregiously, when an audience unanimously voiced their objection to false testimony that 40 percent of women who report a sexual assault are lying, the bill’s sponsor and committee chairman, Rep. Ehrhart chose to tell those citizens that if they were going to be triggered in this “macro-aggressive environment,” they should “go trigger somewhere else.”

Just this week, Rep. Ehrhart labeled Georgia students “snowflakes” who “require puppies, Play-Doh, and safe spaces to deal with conflict.” He has threatened our universities’ funding if they oppose his bill, though he mercifully offered to supply us with pacifiers if we “are going to curl up into a fetal position when there is a competing idea.”  We do not fear competing ideas.  We reject false pretenses and insincere platitudes in the place of compromise. We reject victim and citizen shaming, and we stand up to bullies.

The Capitol belongs to every Georgia citizen, and it is just as much ours as it is Earl Ehrhart’s.  It should be a place for constituents to engage with elected officials who take our concerns seriously. Some of House Bill 51’s sponsors have treated us as if we must earn their time, attention, and respect.  In reality, they have lost ours.

We are not your children, and we are not your inferiors. We are your constituents. We vote you in, and we can certainly vote you out. Mock us, bully us, and demean us, but we will continue to show up. We will continue to fight for each other and for every past, present, and future victim of sexual assault on our college campuses.  And rest assured we will make ourselves heard, whether you decide to support our voices or not.

For those of you asking what more can be done, call your representatives and your senators.  Our voices are raised, and we ask that you raise yours too.  Georgia must demand better from lawmakers. And we are all Georgia.

Contact your legislator on this issue

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