COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Many folks around the country are now wondering how Friday’s Supreme Court ruling will impact women and maternity services, including abortion.
Planned Parenthood is one of many organizations facing changes in the services they provide.
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“We know that this will only compound the issues within our health care system, especially for Black women, LGBTQ and rural communities,” Lauren Frazier, Southeast communications director for Planned Parenthood said.
Services will now vary from state to state depending on the legislation in place. However, Planned Parenthood is looking at ways to continue providing safe and legal services to their clients.
“There may be a situation where they may need to get out of state and Planned Parenthood will be there to help them do that,” Frazier said.
Since Georgia’s heartbeat bill is caught up in the appeals process, abortion services across Georgia will remain the same.
“As of now, abortion is still legal in the state of Georgia,” Frazier said. “It is still your right, so you can still get care as you normally would.”
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Services at the four Planned Parenthood locations in Georgia are not expected to change, at least for a few weeks. But some states already have laws in place that will trigger immediate action and change almost overnight.
“We certainly expect to see a surge of folks coming from out of state,” Frazier said.
Activists for Planned Parenthood have been very active and vocal over the last few weeks, launching a social media campaign #BansOffOurBodies.
But many folks in the pro-choice community never expected it would come down to this.
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“Our bodies, our mind, our life,” Dava Haney, pro-choice supporter said. “I never thought things would change.”
“Everyone should be able to make that choice on their own,” Jesus Saavedra, pro-choice supporter said. “I have a sister and God forbid something happens. I would want her to have the choice.”
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