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File #: R-296-19    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 6/14/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/25/2019 Final action: 6/26/2019
Title: Opposing and Condemning the Enactment of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly's Six-week Abortion Ban through Substitute Senate Bill 23; and declaring an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Audio: Agenda Review 6/18/2019, 2. Audio: Council Meeting June 26, 2019.
Label
Council Members Komives and Harper

Title
Opposing and Condemning the Enactment of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly's Six-week Abortion Ban through Substitute Senate Bill 23; and declaring an emergency.

Summary
WHEREAS, a six-week abortion ban will have profound negative impacts on the health of individuals in Toledo by effectively eliminating access to all legal abortion services, without exceptions for cases of rape and incest and with woefully inadequate protections for the life and health of the parent; and

WHEREAS, Substitute Senate Bill 23 negatively impacts the ability of Toledo to attract and retain qualified medical professionals by threatening doctors with prison time and fines for performing duties in their capacity as medical professionals; and

WHEREAS, access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare supports the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Toledo by providing safe and healthy family planning options, preventing unintended pregnancies, increasing participation in the labor force, and improving economic security for families; and

WHEREAS, safe abortion access is a key component of comprehensive health care access for individuals and eliminating such access can increase risk of harm to individuals seeking abortions; and

WHEREAS, similar bans passed in other states have universally been ruled unconstitutional by courts throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, as one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country, Substitute Senate Bill 23 negatively impacts efforts by the City of Toledo to attract businesses, young professionals, and entrepreneurs who help drive local economic activity and growth; and

WHEREAS, rather than implementing regressive and extreme policies like Substitute Senate Bill 23, policy makers should instead focus on supportive services to reduce unintended pregnancies and promote the success of all families by investing in comprehensive sex education, affordable acc...

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