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File #: Res 0544-2015    Version: * Name: Protect a woman’s health, her right to determine whether and when to bear a child, and her ability to exercise that right by limiting government interference.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Women's Issues
On agenda: 1/22/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass legislation to protect a woman's health, her right to determine whether and when to bear a child, and her ability to exercise that right by limiting government interference with the provision of abortion services and ensuring legal, safe abortion care is available to any woman who needs it.
Sponsors: Laurie A. Cumbo, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Corey D. Johnson, Ben Kallos, Daniel R. Garodnick, Margaret S. Chin, Brad S. Lander, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Testimony, 3. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 4. Hearing Transcript, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-22-15, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - January 22, 2015
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/22/2015*Laurie A. Cumbo City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/22/2015*Laurie A. Cumbo City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/22/2015*Laurie A. Cumbo City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/21/2015*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Women's Issues Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/21/2015*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Women's Issues P-C Item Approved by CommPass Action details Meeting details Not available
Preconsidered Res. No. 544
 
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass legislation to protect a woman's health, her right to determine whether and when to bear a child, and her ability to exercise that right by limiting government interference with the provision of abortion services and ensuring legal, safe abortion care is available to any woman who needs it.
 
 
By Council Members Cumbo, Crowley, Johnson, Kallos, Garodnick, Chin, Lander, Levine and Mendez
 
      Whereas, In 1973, the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the country with the Roe v. Wade decision; and
      Whereas, Central to the decision is the premise that the right to make childbearing choices is fundamental to women's lives and their ability to participate fully and equally in society; and
      Whereas, Since 1973, many states have passed measures with the intentions of whittling away at this right; and
      Whereas, According to the Guttmacher Institute, in just the last four years, states have enacted 231 abortion restrictions; and  
      Whereas, Many of these restrictions create numerous delays and hardships for women such as denial of access to early abortion procedures,  increased risks to health and increased expenses as well as burdensome logistical planning; and  
      Whereas, Often times these burdens fall more heavily on low-income women, women of color, young women and women living in rural areas; and
      Whereas, According to July 2014 testimony provided by Nancy Northup, the CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, "… the only thing holding back the further spread of these very real threats to women's health and lives are court orders blocking these laws from taking effect;" and
Whereas, In order to address many of these concerns the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) was introduced, and later died, in the last Congressional session; and
Whereas, The WHPA would protect a woman's right to safe and legal abortion by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services ; and
Whereas, The WHPA's findings state that "Congress has the authority to protect women's ability to access abortion services pursuant to its powers under the Commerce Clause and its powers under section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution to enforce the provisions of section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment"; and
Whereas, It is essential that this legislation be re-introduced and passed in this current session of Congress because 42 years after the Roe v. Wade decision there is a renewed threat to women's access to safe and affordable abortions; and  
Whereas, Reproductive health care is an important component of women's overall health, and reproductive freedom is equally important to women's safety and well-being; and
Whereas, Despite Roe v. Wade being the law of the land, many states have drastically restricted women's ability to access necessary and timely reproductive health care and limited doctors' ability to provide such care; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass legislation to protect a woman's health, her right to determine whether and when to bear a child, and her ability to exercise that right by limiting government interference with the provision of abortion services and ensuring legal, safe abortion care is available to any woman who needs it.
 
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