Atlanta City Council approves donation to an abortion fund

Abortion-rights activists took to the streets of Atlanta march to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court on June 25, 2022. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

The Atlanta City Council has approved a resolution to make a charitable donation to a nonprofit abortion fund.

The $300,000 donation to Access Reproductive Care Southeast is intended to help people pay for abortions and other related costs, including out-of-state travel or childcare expenses.

At a crowded council hearing Monday, abortion-rights advocate Allison Coffman from the Amplify Georgia Collaborative spoke in favor of the donation.  

“This funding will help those who are able to get services early enough to still access care in Atlanta at one of our 11 abortion clinics,” she said. “For those who can’t, this will support them to cover the costs to access care outside of Georgia.”

City council members also recently approved a measure instructing police to treat violations of the state’s abortion law H.B. 481 as a low priority for enforcement.

The 2019 law outlawing most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy took effect last month after the United States Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade abortion protections.

A challenge in state court against the law is pending in Fulton County.