The City Council has voted 9-8 to declare Philadelphia a "pro-choice city."
The resolution adopted Thursday is non-binding with no practical effect, but it was fought by Cardinal Justin Rigali, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the city.
"Philadelphia is experiencing homicide at a record rate; now is not the time to affirm the false choice of procured abortion," Rigali, who also called city council members, said in a statement.
Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the resolution, refused to withdraw it.
"At the end of the day, we decide what we want the city to look like and be about," said Brown. "We as council members will speak to our hearts and our minds and vote accordingly."
Some pro-choice council members voted against the resolution, arguing that it is not their job to label Philadelphia citizens who hold a variety of views on abortion.
Planned Parenthood pushed for the resolution and helped to draft it.
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