This is how government should be.
A draft of the resolution was first brought to the Board of Health by Dr. Schewel a couple of months ago after gaining interest through her work with WMF. Initially, Dr. Schewel’s pledge only included the issue of abortion coverage but, she says, “They were so outraged about threats to public family planning services that they wanted to expand to include that issue.”
“We had no conversations about personal feelings about abortion and family planning because we’re here as servants of public health and so our personal beliefs are irrelevant, so they embraced it,” she told me after a press event on the resolution held Friday afternoon. “Cities are where we see the impact of state and federal policies. We see them here on the ground, the frontline. We see the impact on our city streets, in our city health centers, in our day care centers, everywhere.”