Building on a 2016 ban on city-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws, San Francisco officials July 23 voted unanimously to extend that ban to states with restrictive abortion laws.
“It will expand the existing ordinance to states that have waged war on our constitutionally protected right to an abortion,” San Francisco Supervisor Vallie Brown, who introduced the proposal, said at a board meeting Tuesday.
Five states — Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi — passed laws this year that ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Missouri also enacted a law banning abortions after eight weeks, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a prohibition on all abortions in the state, except when “necessary to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman.
The law approved by San Francisco Tuesday not only bans city-funded travel, it also forbids the city from contracting with companies headquartered in states with restrictive abortion laws or anti-LGBT laws.
Every supervisor on the city’s 11-member board supported the proposed ordinance as a co-sponsor. Though it was unanimously approved it will require one more board vote before going to the mayor’s office for signature.
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