LA County bans official travel to Alabama over strict abortion law

Prohibits travel to Alabama to conduct business on behalf of the county

L.A. County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis, December 2015. (Image Credit: L.A. Times)

Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted this week to enact a one-year ban on official travel to Alabama over that state’s controversial abortion law, which all but outlaws the procedure.

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who co-authored the motion with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, called the law an “attack not only confined to the residents of those states but an act of aggression upon all of us.”

The motion prohibits officials conducting business on behalf of the county from traveling to Alabama except for emergency response, training or assistance or “legally required matters where the failure to authorize such travel would seriously harm the County’s interests,” Solis said in a statement.

“We must stand in solidarity and in opposition against extremist and unconstitutional laws that put the health and wellbeing of families at risk,” she added. “The constitutional and human right to a safe and legal abortion is part of the very fabric of the United States. As such, Los Angeles County will stand against all attempts to dismantle the protections afforded by Roe v. Wade and the U.S. Constitution.”

Alabama’s anti-abortion law makes performing one a felony in nearly all cases except for when the mother’s life is at risk. It does not make exceptions for rape and incest. Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation earlier this month, prompting protests and calls from pro-choice advocates to boycott the state.

Solis said a letter will be sent to Ivey and other Alabama state lawmakers notifying them of the travel restriction. Another letter will be sent to governors of other states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah – that have passed or floated similar anti-abortion bills.

Full story at Fox News.

Comments

  1. With the homelessness explosion, the trash piles all over the city, the rat infestation, and the likelihood of a disease epidemic spreading to humans this summer, this is what LA prioritizes. And you wonder why California is such a dung heap. Los Angeles looks like a third world country, and soon much of the state will look like that.

  2. This ban should save the county millions and I’m sure the only effect on Alabama is to further convince them that California is a land of fruits and nuts.

  3. Steve Seitz says

    In the civil war (real or virtual) that some say is brewing in the near future, it looks like L.A. County has already voted for war.

  4. helen wheels says

    i would have no objection to
    Sheila Kuehl or Hilda Solis
    travelling TO Alabama
    i would only object to them
    returning FROM Alabama

  5. Maria Trinidad says

    Thou shall not kill. God’s Fifth Commandment is a divine law which must be obeyed. What more pretext can a mother or a woman give to justify the killing of a live fetus inside and outside her womb? Shame, shame, shame to the officials of California who are advocating the banning of travel to Alabama, a state which has the conscience of upholding the divine law. What kind of Constitution do we have if it does not conform to God’s will? What can you say about a state or a nation that turns its back against God? Can such a nation or state deserve God’s blessings?

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