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File #: 72236    Version: 1 Name: To Protect Reproductive Justice in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/17/2022 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 6/21/2022 Final action: 6/21/2022
Enactment date: 6/24/2022 Enactment #: RES-22-00458
Title: To Protect Reproductive Justice in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Erik Paulson, Matthew J. Phair, Syed Abbas, Jael Currie, Regina M. Vidaver, Tag Evers, Barbara Harrington-McKinney
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
To Protect Reproductive Justice in the City of Madison.
WHEREAS, access to health care promotes the general welfare of Madison residents; and

WHEREAS, access to reproductive health care is critical to women’s physical, psychological, and socioeconomic well-being; and

WHEREAS, the right to decide to have an abortion before viability has been United States Supreme Court precedent for nearly 50 years; and

WHEREAS, the leaked draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Organization would overturn the constitutional right to abortion as recognized in Roe v. Wade,
410 U.S. 113 (1973), and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v.
Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992); and

WHEREAS, if the United States Supreme Court maintains its draft decision, Wis. Stat. §
940.04 and other laws that currently are unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade and PlannedParenthood v. Casey will be allowed to go into effect, prompting the Center for Reproductive Rights to designate Wisconsin “hostile” to abortion care; and

WHEREAS, abortions are very common, with 1 in 4 women in the United States having an abortion by the time they are 45 years old; and

WHEREAS, banning abortions doesn’t reduce abortions, but it does lead to worse public health outcomes; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. has the worst country for maternal mortality among wealthy countries; and

WHEREAS, there is a continued need for surgical intervention to save the life of women experiencing ectopic pregnancy, or in the case of retained or incomplete miscarriage or placental retention after childbirth, and any other situations as deemed necessary by a licensed health care provider; and

WHEREAS, Black women in the U.S. arethree times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women and forcing birth will only further exacerbate these inequities in our community; and


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