BALTIMORE (WJZ) – City Councilors Zeke Cohen (District 1) and Phylicia Porter (District 10) will introduce a resolution at their meeting Monday night calling on Mayor Brandon Scott and the council to create a public fund to support organizations local reproductive health organization.
After the publication of a draft U.S. Supreme Court position that overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision declaring 14th Amendment protected abortion rights, the city could “be a leader.” nations in the fight to protect abortion rights,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.
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“The outcry from women across the country and the City of Baltimore is a testament to the strength of the local community in community organizing & protecting reproductive health care for all women. Resources like these are tangible reminders that local government should respond to people’s needs — making Healthcare a priority is a human right, not a privilege for a few” Porter, a of the four women on the council, said.
The board’s resolution also requires Governor Larry Hogan to release $3.5 million set aside to pay for training non-physician medical professionals to perform abortions.
“Baltimore will not back down in our commitment to reproductive rights,” Cohen said. “Our city will not allow the Supreme Court to take away voice and choice from the most vulnerable Americans.”
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On Saturday, abortion rights advocates staged hundreds of rallies and rallies across the country.
The Baltimore Abortion Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support and financial assistance to abortion recipients in Maryland, said the resolution came at a “time of crisis.”
“We know the future is far from certain, but we feel ready to take it on with the strength of this city and the community behind us,” said Porsha Pinder spokeswoman. “BAF will continue to fight for a world where abortion is not just legal – it is accessible, affordable, and destined for all.”
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Cohen and Porter are scheduled to hold a press conference on the resolution at 4 p.m. City Hall.
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