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  • Georgia's heartbeat abortion bill is dangerous for women nationwide (The Hill)
    • Authors: Laura M. Gaydos, Elizabeth A. Mosley, & Subasri Narasimhan

    • Late on Thursday, March 7th, minutes before a key legislative deadline, the Georgia House of Representatives advanced HB 481, which proposes to outlaw nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Now with the bill headed towards the Georgia Senate, women and girls may have to revert to unsafe ways to end their pregnancies if voters and lawmakers don’t act. Given that many women will not even realize they are pregnant prior to six weeks, common sense tells us the bill effectively bans abortion in Georgia. This policy is potentially lethal for women and girls across the state and it goes against medical and public health science...

  • Deportation is turning pregnant women into single mothers (Huffington Post)
    • Authors: Elizabeth A. Mosley & William D. Lopez

    • Around 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Gabriela, a 24-year old U.S. citizen of Mexican heritage, was peacefully rocking her 12-hour-old son to sleep. She turned, with tears welling in her eyes and pleaded, “What did we do to deserve this?” Gabriela’s husband, Ernesto*, an undocumented immigrant, had been arrested 11 days earlier for a traffic violation. That morning, he was buying diapers and onesies, and by that night — although he had lived in the U.S. since the age of 3 — he was facing detention, deportation and indefinite separation from his wife and young children. The increasingly omnipresent U.S. immigration system is shattering families and leaving pregnant women without support during a critical and highly vulnerable time of their lives...

  • Keeping the public in public health (Medium)
    • Author: Elizabeth A. Mosley

    • We are living in a tumultuous time, and as public health professionals we are on the front lines. Our school charges us to disseminate evidence-based knowledge, to address health inequity by focusing on vulnerable populations, to serve as a diverse and inclusive community dedicated to solving the world’s current and future public health problems. Whether we are studying the effects of anti-immigration policies on birth outcomes, improving water systems globally, or attempting to reduce violence against LGBTQ youth — we cannot do our jobs without consideration of power on the one hand and oppression on the other. As public health professionals, we know that the burden of disease falls along axes of social inequality — race/ethnicity, gender, economic background, sexuality, nationality. We have our work cut out for us, and that work is inherently political. Of course, the political is also deeply personal...

  • 'Water, water everywhere': Racial inequality and reproductive justice in Detroit (Rewire)
    • Authors: Elizabeth A. Mosley & Cortney K. Bouse

    • Every morning Kendra pushes her cart several blocks to a friend’s house, where the water has not yet been shut off. After filling various jugs and trash bins, she then makes the lengthy trip home, passing vacant lots and abandoned homes that now characterize many neighborhoods in Motown’s urban center...The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city’s declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as a deliberate assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions...

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