Experts Say “Even a Small Delay Can Cause Harm”
Gov. Brian Kemp’s extreme abortion ban continues to endanger Georgians’ health. New reporting by CBS46 shows that Kemp’s ban on abortion is creating issues for Georgians who aren’t even seeking reproductive care, noting that people “are having trouble picking up medication that’s been prescribed to them by licensed doctors” due to the ban, threatening their ability to secure essential medication for health issues like cancer, arthritis, and ulcers.
Health care providers are also being hampered by the law, with the new report noting how “pharmacists…are scrambling” to avert criminal liability just for providing necessary care. Previous reporting has shown that Georgia medical students are rethinking practicing medicine in the Peach State due to doctors potentially being thrown in jail for providing lifesaving reproductive care and that Kemp’s extreme ban could lead to an increase in Georgia’s maternal mortality rate.
Just a few weeks ago, Georgia doctors raised these same concerns and more during a panel discussion on Kemp’s extreme ban. Health care providers pointed out how the law will threaten the ability of doctors to treat miscarriages, force doctors and women to live under constant fear of investigation or criminal prosecution, and intensify stress on Georgia’s health care system.
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