City of Atlanta
Georgia

Resolution
19-R-4931
Adopted Substitute
Nov 18, 2019 1:00 PM

A RESOLUTION BY COUNCILMEMBERS AMIR R. FAROKHI, CARLA SMITH, DUSTIN HILLIS, MATT WESTMORELAND, JENNIFER N. IDE, MARCI COLLIER OVERSTREET, ANTONIO BROWN AND MICHAEL JULIAN BOND AS SUBSTITUTED BY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH THE REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE COMMISSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO INCREASING AWARENESS OF WAYS TO ACCESS COMPREHENSIVE REPRODUCTIVE CARE AS WELL AS ADVANCING POLICIES TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH OUTCOMES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Information

Department:Council District 2Sponsors:Councilmember, District 2 Amir R Farokhi, Councilmember, District 3 Antonio Brown, Councilmember, District 1 Carla Smith, Councilmember, District 9 Dustin Hillis, Councilmember, District 6 Jennifer N. Ide, Councilmember, District 11 Marci Collier Overstreet, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large Matt Westmoreland, Councilmember, Post 1 At Large Michael Julian Bond
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Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. RJC Resolution - CM Farokhi (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Amendment form 19-R-4931

Body

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.

 

Meeting History

Oct 21, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

REFERRED TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:REFERRED WITHOUT OBJECTION
Oct 29, 2019 12:00 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Chair, District 5
SECONDER:Dustin Hillis, District 9
AYES:Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Michael Julian Bond, Dustin Hillis, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd, Matt Westmoreland
ABSENT:Antonio Brown
Nov 4, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

MEMBERS PRESENT: ARCHIBONG, HILLIS, WESTMORELAND, COLLIER OVERSTREET, SHEPERD & BOND

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Nov 12, 2019 12:15 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:FAVORABLE ON SUBSTITUTE [6 TO 0]
MOVER:Matt Westmoreland, Post 2 At Large
SECONDER:Marci Collier Overstreet, District 11
AYES:Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Michael Julian Bond, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd, Matt Westmoreland, Antonio Brown
AWAY:Dustin Hillis
Nov 18, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 15 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Amir R Farokhi, Councilmember, District 2
SECONDER:Carla Smith, Councilmember, District 1
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd