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File #: 22-0883    Version: 1 Name: 5/16/22 - Right for Women to Access Abortion
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/16/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/16/2022 Final action: 5/16/2022
Enactment date: 5/16/2022 Enactment #: R-22-153
Title: Resolution to Support the Rights of Women to Access Abortion and Reproductive Health Services
Sponsors: Erica Briggs, Christopher Taylor, Julie Grand, Jen Eyer, Lisa Disch, Travis Radina, Kathy Griswold
Resolution to Support the Rights of Women to Access Abortion and Reproductive Health Services
Whereas, Access to abortion and other reproductive health services have been protected since the United States Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973; and

Whereas, In 1990 Ann Arbor voters amended the City Charter and declared the City to be a "Zone of Reproductive Freedom",

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor City Council support the rights and protections provided by Roe v. Wade and other relevant state and federal laws;

Whereas, These rights are under assault from a potential ruling of the United States Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case; and

Whereas, If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Act 328 a 1931 Michigan law that makes it a felony to perform an abortion would go into effect;

Whereas, A recently filed lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims, Planned Parenthood of Michigan v. Attorney General of the State of the Michigan, argues that the 1931 Michigan law violates the Michigan Constitution;

Whereas, Governor Whitmer also filled a legal challenge to strike down Michigan's 1931 law and asked the Michigan Supreme Court to bypass the lower courts and decide the case without delay;

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor has a strong interest in supporting these challenges;

Whereas, Protecting and increasing access to reproductive health care, including health care services, contraception and abortion allows women and families to be healthier, but also reduces health disparities, rates of infectious disease, and increases economic and educational opportunities;

Whereas, Approximately 13% of maternal deaths worldwide are attributable to unsafe abortions and, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate in countries that prohibit abortion is 37 out 1,000 people demonstrating that abortion will continue whether legal or not, and access to safe abortion services is at stake if Roe v. Wade is overturne...

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