On Second Thought For Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called "heartbeat" bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.

On Second Thought leaves the flashpoints of politics behind and attempts to get some clarity on the legal questions raised by HB 481.

 


It's a conversation with Amy Steigerwalt, political science professor at Georgia State University, and GPB reporter Stephen Fowler, who has been covering HB 481 since it was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly.

Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon didn't always want to be a social worker. Growing up in Savannah, she wanted to become an attorney.

Rivers-Cannon didn't decide until she was about to graduate high school that she might be interested in following in the footsteps of her aunt, a professor of social work who for years had shared stories at family dinners about the people she helped.

Decades later, Rivers-Cannon is the 2019 National School Social Worker of the Year. She's the first Georgian and African American to earn the national award, which she received for her work with kids at Booker T. Washington High School and Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta in addition to her leadership as president of the School Social Workers Association of Georgia.

Now that school is out for summer, Rivers-Cannon joined On Second Thought for a conversation about her path to social work and her vision for the future of social work in Georgia schools.