The city council in Portland, Oregon, plans to vote this week on a proposal to ban trading goods and services with Texas and to bar state employees from traveling for business to the Lone Star State over a new abortion law that went into effect Wednesday.
“Mayor Wheeler announced today that the Portland City Council will vote on an emergency resolution next Wednesday, September 8th, with the intent to ban the City’s future procurement of goods and services from, and City employee business travel to, the state of Texas,” the council said in a news release on Friday.
“The ban will be in effect until the state of Texas withdraws its unconstitutional ban on abortion or until it is overturned in court.”
The release noted the health of pregnant women.
“This law does not demonstrate concern for the health, safety, and well-being of those who may become pregnant,” it said.
However, the council made no mention of the health, safety or well-being of unborn children.
“If passed, the ban will continue until the state of Texas withdraws the abortion law or until it is overturned in court. City legal counsel is currently evaluating the legal aspects of this proposed resolution,” Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
The Texas law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected took effect on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to block the legislation,