Bill to reimburse city employees who travel for ‘treatment related to reproductive rights’ introduced at council meeting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Proposed laws that would create a reimbursement selection for city workers who vacation for “medical treatment plans linked to reproductive rights” was released at the Jacksonville Town Council assembly on Tuesday.

Town Councilman Reggie Gaffney’s monthly bill has been assigned to various committees to critique.

At a information meeting Monday on the ways of Town Hall, Gaffney, who is also running for a point out Senate seat, talked about the invoice. He stated he does not believe that in abortion, but that is not halting him from introducing the monthly bill.

“I enjoy Jesus like any a single person, but I just consider that a girl has the suitable to pick out what she needs to do with her body, and I never consider it is a man’s work to do that,” explained Gaffney.

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Go through: Gaffney’s monthly bill on travel reimbursement for reproductive legal rights

News4JAX initially reported about this monthly bill on Friday, and at that time, even nevertheless he introduced the legislation, Gaffney didn’t want to chat about it on digicam.

On Friday afternoon, Gaffney produced a statement saying, “As a gentleman of religion, applying this would not be my personalized preference. Nonetheless, as a legislator I stand for all people and I will battle for their flexibility and their ideal to have solutions, and every single lady deserves this possibility.”

Gaffney’s invoice arrives on the heels of a leaked original vast majority feeling from the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade that has abortion rights advocates scrambling.

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If the draft from the Supreme Courtroom retains, it primarily sends the challenge of abortion rights again to the states — like it was prior to 1973, when the Roe choice proven federally that a woman had the correct to have an abortion.

If states are in the driver’s seat for abortion rules, Florida and Ga the two have Republican-dominated legislatures that have been efforting limited abortion constraints. Florida just passed a 15-7 days abortion ban, and Georgia’s fetal heartbeat legislation has been effectively halted by a federal court docket.

That signifies a community female who required to have an abortion could possibly have to vacation out of state, over and above neighboring Georgia, to lawfully have one particular.

Gaffney’s bill seems to be making ready for that risk by setting up that Jacksonville town staff who choose for this sort of therapy could be reimbursed for their travel bills.

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If handed, the bill would go into result July 1 and allow up to $4,000 in vacation expenditures each year for a town personnel for any professional medical treatments connected to reproductive legal rights if that cure is not accessible within 100 miles of the employee’s house and digital care is not doable.

In accordance to the bill, people treatments could consist of medication, processes or functions — like terminating a pregnancy, applying contraceptives, relatives scheduling or gaining obtain to reproductive overall health solutions.

Republican customers of the Metropolis Council, like City Councilman Rory Diamond, say the bill will by no means pass.

As for the mayor’s office environment, this is 1 piece of laws that it is not commenting on at this time.

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