City council member wants to reimburse city employees who travel for ‘medical treatment related to reproductive rights’

ByRachelle R. Sowell

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Councilman Reggie Gaffney has proposed laws that would generate a reimbursement selection for city workers who journey for “medical solutions connected to reproductive legal rights.”

Gaffney’s bill arrives on the heels of a leaked preliminary the vast majority impression from the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade that has abortion legal rights advocates scrambling.

Read: Gaffney’s invoice on vacation reimbursement for reproductive legal rights

If the draft from the Supreme Court docket holds, it primarily sends the challenge of abortion legal rights again to the states — like it was ahead of 1973, when the Roe selection recognized federally that a girl had the proper to have an abortion.

If states are in the driver’s seat for abortion regulations, Florida and Ga equally have Republican-dominated legislatures that have been efforting limited abortion restrictions. Florida just handed a 15-week abortion ban, and Georgia’s fetal heartbeat regulation has been primarily halted by a federal court docket.


That suggests a local girl who wished to have an abortion may possibly have to travel out of state, over and above neighboring Ga, to legally have a single.

Gaffney’s invoice appears to be preparing for that likelihood by setting up that Jacksonville town workforce who opt for these therapy could be reimbursed for their journey expenditures.

If passed, the invoice would go into effect July 1 and enable up to $4,000 in travel fees annually for a town staff for any health care solutions linked to reproductive legal rights if that remedy is not available inside of 100 miles of the employee’s dwelling and digital care is not probable.

These treatment plans could include things like treatment, techniques or functions, together with terminating a pregnancy, employing contraceptives, family scheduling or attaining accessibility to reproductive health and fitness solutions, in accordance to the monthly bill.

The bill will be released at the next Metropolis Council assembly on Tuesday and is becoming submitted as an crisis monthly bill, which would necessarily mean it would require only 1 cycle in advance of it would go into influence. It’s slated for a public hearing on June 14.


Friday afternoon, Councilman Reggie Gaffney unveiled a assertion declaring, “As a man of religion, using this would not be my particular desire. Nevertheless, as a legislator I depict all persons and I will fight for their flexibility and their right to have solutions, and every lady deserves this possibility.”

Gaffney added his office will be stating far more about this next week.

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