Critics: Bills could block access to birth control - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Critics: Bills could block access to birth control

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Religious freedom and women's reproductive rights are on a collision course at the state Capitol.

House Bill 1023 and Senate Bill 377, both entitled "Preservation of Religious Freedom Act," would protect people of faith against governmental intrusions.

Women's groups, however, contend the bills would allow doctors, healthcare providers and pharmacies to cite religious beliefs to deny women access to birth control.

"I believe they are dangerous, they have horrible consequences," said Brittany Bromfield, a graduate student at Georgia State University.

Bromfield was one of about 100 protestors who rallied outside the state Capitol against the bills.

"It's not up to the pharmacist or politicians to tell her not to get those birth control pills," Bromfield said.

Opponents have blasted the House version of the bill, saying it would cause business owners to cite religious beliefs to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

State Sen. Josh McKoon, who is sponsoring the Senate bill, said he's just trying to protect Georgians from what he says are intrusions by the federal government.

"My bill provides for a mechanism to protect religious liberty interests of Georgians of all faiths," McKoon said.

When asked if his legislation would attack women's reproductive rights, McKoon answered, "Absolutely not, what it does is it protects religious liberty interests of all Georgians of any member of our society."

Senate lawmakers could vote on the bill on Wednesday.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.