Health science and health care experts are debating whether Georgia should have the best health care for women and girls.
In Georgia, women’s healthcare is the most important public sector job.
The state has one of the highest percentages of women in the workforce.
The National Association of State Women’s Health Advisors (NASWHA) says the state has more women than any other state in the country.
Greece, meanwhile, has a high percentage of women but one of only a handful of European countries.
In the US, about two-thirds of female workers in health care work in jobs that require a college degree.
In Germany, about one-quarter of health care workers are women, but women account for only 13 percent of the workforce in some other European countries such as France, Spain, Italy and the UK.
Women in the US are more likely to be employed in lower-paying jobs, such as office support, home health aides, and sales and marketing.
But a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in June found that the proportion of women working in high-paying occupations rose from 9.5 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent in 2018.
A few years ago, Georgia also had a high rate of pregnancy discrimination.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the number of pregnant women receiving abortions fell by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020.
In 2020, Georgia had one of highest abortion rates in the nation.
The GA legislature recently passed a law requiring that abortion providers meet the same standards as surgical centers.
But the legislation, which took effect in 2018, only requires clinics to provide abortions at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment.
The law is a step in the right direction but not enough, according to a report by the Georgia Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-profit reproductive health advocacy group.
“It’s really frustrating that so many women are choosing to go through the process of trying to get an abortion,” said Lisa Fagan, who works for the group.
“But I would like to see that legislation come to the table so that if they choose to go into that procedure, they can expect the same standard of care that we do for women who have an ultrasound.”
Georgia has one other abortion provider, but because of the lack of regulation, there are still a lot of barriers in the state to obtaining an abortion.
“I’ve heard women say that they’ve been denied because of this bill,” said Fagan.
Some states are taking a more pragmatic approach to regulating abortion, like North Dakota, where the legislature recently approved a bill that requires abortion providers to undergo background checks.
The bill is now awaiting Senate approval.
It requires the state’s abortion clinic licensees to conduct a two-hour training program to make sure their practices comply with state standards for abortion providers.
North Dakota is one of 20 states with a law that requires a person who performs an abortion to obtain a medical certificate, and requires abortion clinics to have ambulatory surgical centers with surgical facilities licensed by the state.