Tallahassee City Commission passes resolution supporting access to reproductive health care, including abortion
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – After hours of public commentary, the Tallahassee City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution supporting access to reproductive health care, including abortion.
The public comment included strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
âWe need people to be strong and proud of having access to safe and legal health care now,â said one supportive.
âAbortion has always existed,â said another, citing the dangers of making the act illegal.
“Not all pregnancies are the result of romantic relationships,” said another supporter of the resolution, highlighting cases of rape and incest.
Many were also against the adoption of the resolution.
âAbortion has always been a stain on our nation,â said one man.
âMost residents reject late abortion, and many oppose abortion completely,â said a resident who traveled from Monticello to speak.
âIt is a sin to abort. It is a sin to publicly support abortion with legislation like this, âsaid another against the resolution.
âYou are paid to serve us, not yourselves,â said one woman.
A supporter of the resolution shared a moving story of her ectopic pregnancy three years ago.
“And because of the current legislation in place, my doctor at the hospital could not have me have an abortion,” she said.
She told the commissioners that she had surgery to remove her fallopian tubes just a day ago, in order to protect her own health.
âI had to have my parts removed. I can never be a mother, âshe said.
Commissioner Jack Porter, Mayor Pro Tem Jeremy Matlow and Mayor John Dailey voted in favor of the resolution.
âAll those in favor of the motion on the table signify by saying yes. Yes, yes, yes, âsaid Dailey.
âI think this is a public health issue,â Porter said.
City Commissioners Dianne Williams-Cox and Curtis Richardson stressed that while they support women’s right to choose, they are not in favor of the resolution.
âIn my opinion, we are out of our way,â said Williams-Cox.
âWhat we say wouldn’t be heard there,â Richardson said of the Florida legislature.
You can read the full resolution here.
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