Long Beach, CA
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File #: 22-0534    Version: 1 Name: CD3 - Support Reproduction Rights
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 5/4/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/10/2022 Final action: 5/10/2022
Title: Recommendation to request City Manager to work with City Attorney to draft a letter of support for the California state legislature’s proposal to place permanent protections for abortion rights into the California Constitution.
Sponsors: COUNCILWOMAN SUZIE A. PRICE, THIRD DISTRICT, COUNCILWOMAN CINDY ALLEN, SECOND DISTRICT, COUNCILWOMAN SUELY SARO, SIXTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 051022-NB-31sr, 2. 051022-NB-31 Corresp. Erickson

TITLE

Recommendation to request City Manager to work with City Attorney to draft a letter of support for the California state legislature’s proposal to place permanent protections for abortion rights into the California Constitution.

DISCUSSION

INTRODUCTION:

On Monday May 2, 2022 news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised to overturn the nation’s landmark abortion rights law established in the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. An amendment to the state Constitution would require voter approval. Few details on the effort were immediately available, though the process requires little more than a supermajority vote in both legislative houses to get on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot.

The Long Beach City Council has taken an active role in protecting reproductive rights most recently with action seeking to work in coordination with Planned Parenthood on how to partner with Los Angeles County in the event that Roe v. Wade were to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

With the urgent need to protect women’s reproductive rights as the established case law is under threat, the City Council should act swiftly to support a state constitutional amendment.

STATEMENT OF URGENCY:

Support for the State of California’s proposal to amend the state constitution should occur urgently to protect the reproductive rights of women in California

 

TIMING CONSIDERATIONS

No Financial Management review was able to be conducted due to the urgency and time sensitivity of this item.

 

 

 

SUGGESTED ACTION

Approve recommendation.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

SUZIE PRICE, COUNCILWOMAN

THIRD DISTRICT

 

CINDY ALLEN, COUNCILWOMAN

SECOND DISTRICT

 

SUELY SARO, COUNCILWOMAN

SIXTH DISTRICT