Protestors at statehouse.

A small group gathers at the steps of the Georgia State Capitol protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Credit: AP Photo/Ben Gray

The panel

Amy Steigerwalt, @DrSteigerwalt, Professor of political science, Georgia State University

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, @mmo_mary, (D) Decatur

Maya Prabhu, @MayaTPrabhuThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, State reporter, GPB News


The breakdown

1. Yesterday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved Georgia's six-week abortion ban effective immediately.

  • The court granted the law could be upheld as-is, surprising opponents who challenged the state's submitted idea of personhood.

Amy Steigerwalt explains how the court got to this decision.

2. The court cited Dobbs, which ruled that there was no constitutional right to abortion. 

Stephen Fowler brings up personhood arguments.

3. In a state with high maternal mortality rates, there are new pressures on the legislature to widen safety nets.

  • Medicaid expansion efforts look to reduce the burden on poor Georgians who don't have access to care.
  • Poor Georgians are harmed most by abortion restrictions, who face hurdles like travel costs, child care costs, and available time off.

Steigerwalt speaks on competing pressures to improve health outcomes.

4. Since Roe v. Wade was struck down, abortion has become a leading issue in midterm elections.

  • Both Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams put out statements in the hours following the court's decision.
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 68% of Georgians opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It's unclear where public opinion lies following Dobbs, but it could promise to increase turnout for Democrats.


Friday on Political Rewind: Former AJC columnist Jim Galloway joins our panel.