house resolution no.9

Reps. Pagan, Anthony, Brixie, Chirkun, Hammoud, Hertel, Hope, Lasinski, Rabhi, Sabo, Sneller, Sowerby, Stone, Whitsett and Wittenberg offered the following resolution:

A resolution to recognize the 46th anniversary of the issuance of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling.

Whereas, The Michigan House of Representatives recognizes the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, decided on January 22, 1973, affirming that the United States Constitution safeguards a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, and that government should not intrude in the most private and personal family matters; and

Whereas, Women’s reproductive freedom is vital to a woman’s health, economic security, and the ability to participate equally in society. Comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion, is a vital component of a woman's overall health; and

Whereas, Like other medical procedures, the safety of abortion is furthered by evidence-based practices developed and supported by medical professionals. Any regulation of medical care should have a legitimate purpose and if possible, be enforced in a way that increases, rather than decreases, access; and

Whereas, In the landmark decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion, confirming more than 40 years of precedent; and

Whereas, One in three women will need an abortion in her lifetime. Safe, legal, and accessible abortion is an essential component of comprehensive reproductive health care. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States with more than a 99 percent safety record; and

Whereas, Everyone should have access to comprehensive health care in the state of Michigan. A woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion without burdensome restrictions imposed by a state is at stake; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body recognize the 46th anniversary of the issuance of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling; and be it further

Resolved, That we denounce violence towards abortion providers and their patients and oppose efforts to undermine the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision by eliminating access to abortion in Michigan and throughout the country; and be it further

Resolved, That we affirm that all people have the right to access reproductive healthcare services without fear of violence, intimidation, or harassment and; and be it further

Resolved, That we support the right to access health care without interference in this state, including safe and legal abortion.