The Issues

Where Willie Mae Stands on Supporting Working Georgia Families

Women's Rights

Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions.

Following an initial draft decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court overturned Roe V Wade and referred such decisions to state legislatures. Alito wrote: “The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions.”

Recent polls indicate that as many as 70% of Americans support a woman’s right to choose. There is also widespread opposition to criminalizing women and doctors who may participate in willful terminations of pregnancies.

Freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Willie Mae Oyogoa believes that abortion is healthcare and that the Constitution protects a person’s right to make private medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion prior to fetal viability. As your representative, Willie Mae will work for a future where everyone has the freedom and power to make their own decisions about their bodies and their lives.

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Healthcare

All Georgians today carry a concern that their health insurance can suddenly be reduced by an employer or eliminated altogether by the loss of a job. Like most of us, Willie Mae has family and personal friends dependent on procedures or medications that can cost many thousands of dollars a month. Unemployed and part-time workers face additional challenges. Yet, as of May 2020, 23 percent of people in Georgia did not have health insurance coverage.

While every party involved seems to blame each other, Willie Mae offers solutions derived from her inclusive theme of “Georgians Working Together.” Should private for-profit insurance companies continue to play a role? Should charitable entities play a role? Should the state play a role, specifically in limiting pre-existing conditions exclusions and benefit caps? Willie Mae believes the answer to each of these questions is a resounding “YES”, and she will work tirelessly to bring full healthcare coverage to all Georgians.

Willie Mae will work for you in this State Assembly to assure that Georgia fully supports the Affordable Care Act. To date, Georgia’s full proposal, called “Georgia Pathways,” includes only a partial expansion of Medicaid, leaving many Georgians with additional financial vulnerabilities. Nobody should have to declare bankruptcy due to medical bills.

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Minimum Wage

Forty-five percent of Georgia’s children under 13 are in low-income working families. This could be the family of a cook at your favorite restaurant or a paraprofessional at your local school. The rising number of these low-wage jobs in today’s economy makes it very tough for working people to get ahead.

We must support working families to strengthen our middle class. We must work to repeal union-busting “right to work” laws that keep wages low. Willie Mae will fight for working people by gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Increased wages will allow low income families better access to adult education, childcare and healthcare. In the workplace, Willie Mae supports paid sick days and a medical leave system that allows workers to take extended time off to care for themselves or a loved one.

Willie Mae Oyogoa supports Georgia’s working families.

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Privacy Rights

The Privacy Act of 1974 protects personal information held by the federal government by preventing unauthorized disclosures of such information.

Today, business websites routinely collect personal information such as name, address, email and social security number, as well as demographic and financial information. In many cases, this data is then provided to third parties for marketing purposes. The Federal Trade Commission encourages voluntary protection of consumer privacy, but that’s not enough.

The right of privacy should allow individuals to determine what sort of information about themselves is collected, and how that information is used. At the state level, only California, Nevada, and Maine have privacy laws in effect. These laws seek to provide consumers the right to request that a business disclose the categories and types of personal information being collected, and the business purpose for collecting such data.

Willie Mae Oyogoa will introduce state privacy legislation guaranteeing individuals the right to deny access to personal information, to delete such data from their accounts, and to opt-out of the sale of their personal information.

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Voting Rights

The Constitution assures that the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State. Additionally, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation that specifically prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

Democrats at national and state levels are pushing to hold off these Republican voter suppression efforts. Their bill in Congress, named after civil rights icon John Lewis, would ensure that states with a recent history of voter suppression must obtain federal approval before making any changes to their election systems. It also calls for undoing a recent Supreme Court decision that makes it harder to challenge laws under the Voting Rights Act. Unless the bill passes, it will be the first time since 1965 that states with a legacy of racial discrimination won’t have to get their districting changes approved before they go into effect. That could encourage state lawmakers to draw districts that make it harder for many voters to elect the candidate of their choice.

Willie Mae Oyogoa will never give up on safeguarding the fundamental right of all qualified Georgians to cast a vote.

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