At the Portland City Council Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Forward Together and APANO along with the support of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and City Attorney Tracy Reeve, brought forward a resolution in support of a right to safe and legal abortion. In previous years, we primarily encountered the introduction of bills intending to restrict abortion rights, such as most recently Measure 106 that was referred to the ballot in November of 2018, but those measures, thankfully, failed. In 2019, we are again witnessing measures restricting abortion rights in multiple states. We must fight against these restrictions to the right of safe and legal choice. I stand with my fellow City Council members in their concern over the current threats against abortion rights—which affect all members of our community.
“We’ve seen first-hand the devastation that comes when abortions are not legal, safe, and accessible,” said Commissioner Hardesty. “I’m calling on us as a city hold the line here and ask other progressive cities to join us in defending reproductive rights throughout the country.”
All five members of City Council co-sponsored the resolution, which passed unanimously this afternoon.