WHEREAS, access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is a basic human right that should be steadfastly afforded to all; and
WHEREAS, the Georgia General Assembly adopted House Bill 481 in 2019, the so-called ‘heartbeat’ bill, which would ban abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy; and
WHEREAS, such bans exacerbate existing barriers to reproductive healthcare and abortion, negatively affecting health outcomes and disproportionately impacting Black women and people of color as well as low-income, immigrant, youth, senior, and LGBTQIA+ communities; and
WHEREAS, establishment of a Reproductive Justice Commission would proactively work to increase awareness around access to reproductive care as well as public and private resources; and
WHEREAS, such a Commission would also conduct policy research and make recommendations as to how the City of Atlanta, within its Charter, can best improve public health outcomes related to reproductive, maternal and infant health, and abortion access in Atlanta; and
WHEREAS, local reproductive health, right, and justice experts and stakeholders are crucial partners to the Atlanta City Council in exploring meaningful and affirmative actions the City Council can take to affirm these values; and
WHEREAS, the Reproductive Justice Commission will model a community engagement and input process that ensures all stakeholders, especially those most impacted, have a voice in the recommendation process; and
WHEREAS, the Atlanta City Council therefore desires to establish a Reproductive Justice Commission to deliver on these broad goals.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, the Atlanta Reproductive Justice Commission consisting of seven (7) individuals is hereby established.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that members of the Commission shall be appointed as follows, in consultation with local reproductive health, rights, and justice experts and stakeholders:
· Two (2) members shall be appointed by the Mayor
· One (1) member shall be appointed by the Council President
· One (1) member shall be appointed by the Council members from Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and Post 1 At-Large
· One (1) member shall be appointed by the Council members from Districts 5, 6, 7, 8, and Post 2 At-Large
· One (1) member shall be appointed by the Council members from Districts 9, 10, 11, 12, and Post 3 At-Large
· One (1) member shall be appointed by the District Health Director of the Fulton County Board of Health or his or her designee
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that appointees to the board must possess demonstrated applied or academic expertise on reproductive health, rights, and justice.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission shall include, but is not limited to, stakeholders from the City of Atlanta, public and reproductive health fields and providers, community organizations, residents, academia, as well as community members.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Reproductive Justice Commission shall submit annual reports to the Community Development/Human Services Committee and shall sunset three (3) years from the date of its first meeting.