Seattle City Council Member: Free abortions an issue of "racial and economic justice"

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Author/city council member Harrell

Author/city council member Harrell

The Stranger: Over 41 years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that every woman has a constitutionally protected right to make her own personal medical decisions about when and if to become a mother. For almost as long—nearly 38 years—the Hyde Amendment has undermined Roe v. Wade by barring public funds from covering abortion care, effectively cutting off access for most women enrolled in public government insurance. Many of those most affected are low-income women, women of color, and immigrant women, who already face significant challenges to accessing safe, respectful, timely health care. This isn’t just a matter of reproductive freedom—it’s an issue of racial and economic justice.
Though the Hyde Amendment frames reproductive healthcare as a political bargaining chip, it is in fact a vital part of women’s health care overall. In a country where 99 percent of women who have had sexual intercourse use or have used birth control, and 1 in 3 will seek abortion care at some point during their lives, safeguarding access to these health care services is crucial to every woman’s safety and well-being, and a requirement for building a society in which all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their income.
This is why we are proposing a resolution to the Seattle City Council today, Monday, September 8, calling upon President Obama and Congress to overturn all federal bans on public coverage of abortion, and to improve access to public and private insurance coverage for the full spectrum of reproductive health care options.
If we pass this resolution, Seattle will become the first jurisdiction in the Northwest—and the sixth nationally—to declare its support for overturning the Hyde Amendment and restoring access to reproductive health care for every woman, regardless of her income or what kind of insurance she has.
The timing is critical. There were 205 abortion restrictions passed nationwide from 2011-2013, including state bans on public and even private insurance covering abortion. As women’s reproductive rights are deliberately and strategically eroded in other states, passing the resolution shows that the Hyde Amendment and attacks on women’s health do not reflect Seattle’s values.
As a state that values reproductive justice, we cannot afford to stand still. Passing a resolution against the Hyde Amendment is a reasonable, proactive step we can take as a community to reject laws that come between women and the healthcare they need, and to build momentum until all women across the country can meaningfully exercise their rights. Thirty-eight years is too long to wait for health care.
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0 responses to “Seattle City Council Member: Free abortions an issue of "racial and economic justice"

  1. Women ALREADY have free birth control. It’s called ABSTINENCE. They’re just refusing to USE it,because if they DID,they wouldn’t be able to have SEX.

    • is it the same for men? They never have to do anything. Men can sleep with whoever they want right? Why? How is that fair at all? I don’t think you thought through what you commented. There is a reason that there is birth control for men now. It’s not so you can have wild sex all over the place and so what if you want to!? that’s normal for anybody! So why do you care? you wanna have kids? ok fine. find someone else that wants kids and go do that. but leave the right to choose to everybody.

  2. What this Seattle City Council member is really saying is that we need to abort MORE black and poor babies. Afterall, none other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a 2009 interview for the New York Times Magazine, said the following: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

  3. Great article! Seriously, Seattle seems Godless in many ways!


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