Tuesday, July 31, 2007

In Georgia...

To continue along the lines of my last post, those who live in Georgia should know laws that are already in place:

1) 94% of Georgia counties have no abortion provider

2) Family planning agencies and individuals are allowed to refuse to provide family planning and birth control services when it is contrary to their religious beliefs. There is no requirement of such individuals/organizations to inform the patient, provide medically and factually accurate information, or provide a referral to another.

3)Similarly, even if one does get a prescription for birth control, pharmacists can refuse to fill your prescription based on their religious/moral beliefs. Georgia also allows hospitals and any of their employees to refuse to perform sterilization procedures. Both of these have no exceptions and no mechanism for women to find information or referrals.

Can you imagine being in a town out in rural georgia, and having to drive counties away just to find a doctor willing to prescribe contraceptives, and then make a similar drive every time you want your prescription filled? Or if you live in such a town, are raped, and want an abortion? Would you even know where to go?

My point is this: it's easy to get wrapped up in the federal level elections, but it's our local politicians that make the laws above. Isn't it time we started paying attention to them too?

1 comment:

Matthew said...

these issues are addressed by state/local law because it is appropriate for each society to codify their morals rather than have others' imposed upon them. people living in rural areas generally share the views of those around them and at the very least have elected to stay in that society acting under the rule of those laws. if they don't like it they can become politically active or move somewhere more in tune with their values. i don't see how the potential inconvenience of a woman driving to a major city and using a phone book is justification for forcing doctors and pharmacists to participate in practices they feel are wrong.