Closer Look: So-Called ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Takes Another Step Towards Becoming Law; Teaching Consumers Media Literacy

Lawmakers debate bills including HB 481 in the Georgia Senate chamber.
Lawmakers debate bills including HB 481 in the Georgia Senate chamber.
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Former Republican Rep. Karen Handel announced today that she’s running again for Georgia’s 6th district. Handel lost re-election for the seat to newcomer Democrat Lucy McBath last November. Also joining the race: Republican State Sen. Brandon Beach. In other news, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and other city of Atlanta officials, will take part in another town hall. The event will held on the campus of Atlanta Metropolitan State College this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The town hall was previously going to be held at FanPlex in Southeast Atlanta — the location was changed to accommodate a larger audience.
  • 2:41: In an era where many get their information from social media and non-traditional news outlets, the truth can sometimes be hard to discern. That’s why the Georgia Humanities and the Atlanta Press Club have partnered to create a media literacy guide, “How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy: From Social Media and “Fake News” to Reporting Just the Facts.” Free copies of the guide are available to the public. A conversation with Kelly Caudle, Vice President of Strategy and Programs at Georgia Humanities about the guide and her organization’s goal to create a more informed public. You can learn more about the guide here.
  • 32:24: Sometimes a business venture is formed out of necessity for a product or service — perhaps one’s passion or expertise in a related industry. We recently debuted a new series Closer Look’s Open For Business where we speak with owners of businesses opening up in specific neighborhoods or communities to learn the story behind the venture. For the second installment of Closer Look’s Open For Business, we headed downtown to For Keep’s bookstore located in the Auburn Avenue neighborhood to meet with owner Rosa Duffy.
  • 40:26: The Georgia Senate passed House Bill 481, the so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill’, which would ban most abortions at six weeks, last Friday. The legislation has been met with intense debate as its gone through the Georgia legislature. Last week, we heard concerns from reproductive health advocates who oppose the measure. Today, we get another perspective from Jessica DuBois, Legislative Lobbyist with Georgia Right to Life.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.