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Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty introduces abortion resolution for Council vote - 07/10/19

Updated below to reflect location of press conference taking place before council session

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty will introduce a city resolution on July 10, 2019 in response to anti-abortion legislation being passed in states throughout the U.S. The resolution calls for Portland City Attorneys to file amicus briefs supporting legal challenges to anti-abortion laws in two states: Alabama and Ohio. The resolution also directs the City Attorneys to build a coalition of city attorneys from throughout the country to tackle other already passed or forthcoming anti-abortion laws.

Commissioner Hardesty, a former board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC says, “We’ve seen first-hand the devastation that comes when abortions are not legal, safe, and accessible. I’m calling on us as a city to hold the line here and ask other progressive cities to join us in defending reproductive rights throughout the country.”

The resolution was crafted in partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and is co-sponsored by all members of council.

“As we face unprecedented attacks on abortion care throughout the United States, it is imperative that our local leaders make it clear that abortion is healthcare and the right to decide when and if to have children is fundamental and unassailable. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is grateful to Commissioner Hardesty, as well as to our Mayor and the Portland City Commissioners, for their unanimous support in ensuring that Portland will stand with the people of Alabama and Ohio in countering these dangerous bans on abortion care,” says Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

Michele Ruffin, Oregon Advocacy Manager of Forward Together adds, "In a world where Black women die at three to four times the rate of white women due to pregnancy-related issues and where one in five transgender people are refused health care services because of who they are, we know that more restrictive laws in accessing healthcare and reproductive services is the wrong direction to go."

The resolution will be introduced during the afternoon council session at 3:30 p.m.

Representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Forward Together, APANO, and Northwest Abortion Access Fund will be in attendance to provide public testimony.

Commissioner Hardesty and representatives from Forward Together, APANO, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon will be available to media at 1:45 p.m. for 15 minutes before the 2 p.m. council session in front of Commissioner Hardesty's office (2nd floor of City Hall, Room 230).


When: July 10, 2019

15-minute press conference at 1:45 p.m.,

Resolution vote at 3:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers

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