Council considers actions to counter possible overthrow of Roe

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Members of the Austin City Council on Thursday are expected to discuss a set of resolutions that would cement their support for inclusive reproductive health care.

It comes after a draft majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court was leaked earlier this month suggesting the justices would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The set of resolutions were presented by District 2 Councilmember Vanessa Fuentes, who held a press conference on the points Thursday morning at Austin City Hall.

“Recent directives from the Texas Legislature and the inevitable overturning of Roe v. Wade will present significant challenges for women, trans and non-binary people to access the health and reproductive care they need,” said a statement from Fuentes’ office. “This goes against our values ​​as a city and our proposed program will fill the gaps and provide some protections and resources to our communities under attack.”

A resolution (Item 88) would work to prohibit discrimination in employment and housing based on reproductive health decisions. If the council approves this measure, the city manager would travel to develop an ordinance.

Item 89 would put free menstrual products in several city-owned facilities, if approved.

Lately, Item 35 would declare the city’s support for inclusive reproductive care and the right of couples to plan their families without discrimination. The city manager would also be tasked with changing the city’s legislative agenda to advance workplace equity for family building support and health insurance that covers medical treatment for infertility.

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