skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, September 25, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Nevada organization calls for greater Latino engagement in politics; Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to change course on transgender rights; Nebraska Tribal College builds opportunity 'pipelines,' STEM workforce.'

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Republicans deadlock over funding days before the government shuts down, a New Deal-style jobs training program aims to ease the impacts of climate change, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appeared at donor events for the right-wing Koch network.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Reproductive Freedom Act Takes Aim at Current GA Abortion Ban

play audio
Play

Monday, February 20, 2023   

Reproductive rights groups are supporting legislation to restore abortion access in Georgia.

The Reproductive Freedom Act was filed to repeal House Bill 481, the state's six-week abortion ban, as well as certain other abortion restrictions opponents say are medically unjustified.

Roula AbiSamra, state campaign director with the Amplify Georgia Collaborative, said current state law bans abortion after "embryonic cardiac activity" is detected.

She called the law "misleading," and said there is no heartbeat at the six-week stage of pregnancy when the ban is enforced. She said the new legislation would guarantee abortion access.

"The Reproductive Freedom Act," said AbiSamra, "is our vision for what abortion access would look like in Georgia if it were truly accessible, and truly equitable, to get affordable care in your own community that was of high quality, respected your dignity and your autonomy to decide for yourself."

She noted that Georgians who are at least six weeks pregnant currently have the option to go to other states for an abortion, including Florida, North Carolina - and, for the time being, South Carolina.

Five other nearby states have already banned the procedure.

The Reproductive Freedom Act has three main components. They include enshrining in the law that anyone who is pregnant has the right to decide if they're going to continue their pregnancy.

It repeals some restrictions to care that pro-choice advocates say are medically unnecessary.

And AbiSamra said it expands access to care by expanding the kinds of insurance plans that can cover abortion.

"For example, currently, because of state law, state employees' healthcare plans are not allowed to cover abortion," said AbiSamra. "Obamacare plans sold in Georgia are not allowed to cover abortion, even though it's a federal program."

AbiSamra added that now that the federal protections of the 'Roe v. Wade' decision are gone, it is up to state lawmakers to decide whether Georgians have reproductive care rights - and if so, to affirm those rights.

Amplify Georgia Collaborative is circulating a petition on its website in support of the Act, which has been filed as House Bill 75 and Senate Bill 15.




get more stories like this via email
more stories
Peter Sussman is among three patients with disabilities who have asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging California's End of Life Option Act. (Nancy Rubin)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California's medical aid-in-dying law is back in court. Three patients with disabilities and two doctors are asking to intervene in a lawsuit …


Environment

play sound

A new federal jobs program aims to mobilize tens of thousands of young Americans to address the growing threats of climate change. The American …

Social Issues

play sound

Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago says its student body and campus are growing - and so are its options for people to study in STEM fields…


The Student Assistance Program in some Ohio schools connects students with tools in order to remove obstacles to learning, and is now incorporating mental-health resources. (Rosalie Murphy/Kent State NewsLab).

Health and Wellness

play sound

By Nathalia Teixeira for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration…

Social Issues

play sound

Maine's new Office of Affordable Health Care holds its first public hearing this week, and people are being strongly encouraged to participate…

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five of the young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The number of children locked behind bars in Alabama has declined, but their advocates said more needs to be done to create alternatives to …

Social Issues

play sound

This coming Saturday, North Dakotans will get a chance to see how election workers go to great lengths to ensure a safe and secure voting process…

Environment

play sound

Scientists at Purdue University have been experimenting to create adhesives designed to be easier on the environment. So many products from …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021