Portland prepares ban on imports from Texas over 'unconstitutional' abortion law
The recent passage of a law in Texas banning abortion beyond six weeks' gestation has caused a backlash not only in the liberal part of the country, but also among city officials in other states.
Mayor Ted Wheeler plans to take up an emergency resolution on September 8, to ban all goods and services from the Lone Star state. If the resolution is approved, the ban would stay in place until the abortion law is overturned in court or Texas withdraws it.
“Portland City Council stands with the people who may one day face difficult decisions about pregnancy, and we respect their right to make the best decision for themselves,” the council said in a statement. “The... 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 Texas anti-women law has drawn criticism not only of millions of women across the country, but also of the White House. Jen Psaki spoke on behalf of the White House, calling Texas abortion law an “extreme threat”.
Wheeler and city officials are concerned for the health and safety of pregnant women and protecting the individual right to access safe abortions. They believe in the right that women can control their own bodies and make choices they feel is best for them.
“This law does not demonstrate concern for the health, safety, and well-being of those who may become pregnant. This law does not recognize or show respect for the human rights of those who may become pregnant. This law rewards private individuals for exercising surveillance and control over others’ bodies. It violates the separation of church and state. And, it will force people to carry pregnancies against their will. We stand with Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who fought to block this attack on the reproductive rights, freedom, and autonomy of people across the country,” they wrote in a statement.
Given the public outcry, Wheeler is asking other states to join the fight against Texas.