(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Local lawmakers in Portland, Ore., Are expected to vote Wednesday on an “emergency resolution” to ban the purchase of goods and services by the state city of Texas following its new restrictive law on abortion.
The resolution, which will be voted on by Portland City Council, also seeks to ban business travel by city employees to Texas.
“Ban will be in effect until the state of Texas withdraws its unconstitutional abortion ban or until it is overturned by a court,” a statement from the Portland mayor’s office said. , Ted Wheeler, on the resolution.
“The city’s legal adviser is currently assessing the legal aspects of this motion for a resolution,” the statement added. “Portland City Council is unified in its belief that all people should have the right to choose if and when they have a pregnancy and that the decisions they make are complex, difficult and unique to their circumstances. “
Texas’ new abortion law, which came into effect last Wednesday, prohibits doctors from performing abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected (including embryonic heart activity). This can happen as early as six weeks of pregnancy. While the law prohibits the state from enforcing the ban, it instead allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who “aids or encourages” an abortion, which may even include a driver taking someone away. in a clinic.
Portland City Council added it stood in solidarity with people who might face “difficult pregnancy decisions” and said it respects their rights to make the best decision for themselves.
Finally, members called on others in office to take similar action.
“We urge other leaders and elected bodies across the country to join us in condemning the actions of the state government of Texas,” the group said.
A city council spokesperson on Tuesday declined ABC News’ request for further comment on how they will seek to enforce the resolution.
The move comes as public pressure intensifies on both government and the private sector over Texas abortion law.
Transit giants Uber and Lyft both said last week they would cover legal fees if its drivers were sued under the new law while driving for the platforms.
Austin-based dating app Bumble announced on Twitter last week that it was setting up a “relief fund” to support those seeking abortions in Texas.
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