Atlanta Receives 2-Star Rating For Reproductive Health

Oct 21, 2019

On its second national reproductive health scorecard, Atlanta received a ranking of two out of five stars. The report card was released Monday by the National Institute for Reproductive Health.

The two stars are an improvement from the one a half stars the city received on its 2017 scorecard.

The city is graded on things ranging from protecting abortion access to supporting families through policies, such as paid family leave and anti-discrimination.

Andrea Miller, the institute's president, said people shouldn't be discouraged by the low score.

"Atlanta is actually the leader in the southeast of cities,” Miller said. “That is a monumental task when you consider this city faces a statehouse that tries to thwart its actions at every turn."

After the report was released, Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi said he would introduce legislation to create a reproductive health task force in the city.

Miller praised the city for opposing Georgia's new abortion bill dubbed the Heartbeat Bill. It effectively bans abortions around six weeks into pregnancy.

It’s set to take place in January but has been temporarily blocked in federal court. Another lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality is pending.

Of the 50 cities across the country analyzed, Atlanta finished around the middle of the pack. The average score was 2.3 stars, while San Francisco rated the highest with four and half.