Promoting Access to Reproductive and Maternal Health Services

Adopted at the 91st Annual Meeting in 2023

  • WHEREAS, over 36 million women have lost access to abortion since the Supreme Court's 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; and

    WHEREAS, The Commonwealth Fund reported that areas with more restrictive reproductive healthcare laws have fewer maternity care providers; more maternity care "deserts"; higher rates of maternal mortality and infant death; and

    WHEREAS, researchers have found that a total abortion ban would lead to a 24 percent increase in the number of maternal deaths, and for Black women, the maternal death rate would rise by 39 percent; and

    WHEREAS, restricting access to reproductive healthcare threatens the health and economic stability of workers and businesses; and

    WHEREAS, researchers have found that reduced labor force participation and earnings as a result of abortion restrictions already cost the nation's economy $105 billion annually; and

    WHEREAS, access to abortion has a significant positive impact on women's wages and education attainment, with impacts most strongly felt by Black women; and

    WHEREAS, every dollar invested in access to family planning services, yields $120 in health and economic benefits; and

    WHEREAS, reproductive rights ranked as one of the top concerns in the 2022 November elections; and

    WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has policy - voted on and passed by mayors - urging Congress and states to protect and improve women's access to safe and comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortions; and

    WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution in support of reproductive rights at the 90th Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada in June 2022.

    NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the United States Conference of Mayors recognizes the need to promote access to reproductive and maternal health services and commends those cities working to do this; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the United States Conference of Mayors calls for the creation of a Task Force on Maternal Health and Reproductive Healthcare to protect and strengthen access to reproductive healthcare.

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