Kenmore City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Reproductive Health Care and Marriage Equality
On June 27, Kenmore City Council unanimously passed Resolution 22-387 in favor of codifying comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, as well as marriage equality in the state of Washington and the American constitutions.
The resolution was introduced by Deputy Mayor Melanie O’Cain shortly after the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, citing that the due process clause and equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment do not apply to safety or legal abortions.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade rejected over 50 years of case law that prevented government interference in our most personal decision,” Deputy Mayor O’Cain said. “It also opened the door to limiting other rights, including those we can marry.”
The resolution expresses the council’s position in supporting amendments to the Washington State and United States constitutions, which would seek to pass state and federal laws to affirm a pregnant person’s right to access abortion without undue interference.
The resolution states that the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment is a threat to marriage equality. The resolution also recognizes how transgender, non-binary, and gender-wide people also become pregnant and require abortion care; Washington state law should reflect the most inclusive understanding of who needs abortions and be updated with gender-neutral language, the resolution said.
“I am grateful that our City Council acted with urgency and unanimously approved a resolution in support of codifying comprehensive reproductive health care and marriage equality,” Deputy Mayor O’Cain said.
Copies of the final resolution will be sent to the Washington State Legislature and the White House.