The city of Portland in Oregon announced earlier that they intend to cut all trade with Texas and ban imports/exports over the state’s newest abortion bill, which bans abortion when a heartbeat is detected.
Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Friday that the city council intends to vote on an emergency resolution Wednesday to stop “the City’s future procurement of goods and services from, and City employee business travel to, the state of Texas.” The ban will continue in Texas until the Lone Star State ends the law or it gets overturned by a court of law.
“City legal counsel is currently evaluating the legal aspects of this proposed resolution,” a release from the city council said. “The Portland City Council stands unified in its belief that all people should have the right to choose if and when they carry a pregnancy and that the decisions they make are complex, difficult, and unique to their circumstances.”
The ‘Heartbeat Bill’ was signed by governor Greg Abbott in May of this year, and went into effect last Tuesday after the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
“Additionally and uniquely, the law allows for private residents bring legal action against anyone who assisted in terminating the pregnancy, including those who drive a woman to the abortion appointment. Citizens who win such lawsuits may be entitled to at least $10,000”, the New York Post reports.
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