City employees in San Francisco are forbidden to do business with and to travel to twenty-two states because the states have “restrictive abortion laws.”
Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Vallie Brown announced the measure last week.
“Every day in this country, women’s reproductive rights are threatened, and we have to fight back. Just as we restricted spending with states that have laws that discriminate against LGBTQ people, we are standing up against states that put women’s health at risk and that are actively working to limit reproductive freedoms,” Breed said in a statement.
She added: “By limiting travel and contracting with certain states, we are sending a clear message to states that disregard the right to abortion.”
The states being blacklisted by San Francisco for their “severe anti-choice policies” are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Nine states – Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas – were already on the city’s list because of their LGBTQ laws and policies.
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The ban officially begins on January 1st, 2020. The states on the ban list have laws that ban abortion after between 13 and 24 weeks. The ban is intended to ‘force’ the 22 states to rethink their abortion policies.
“Although tax revenue from San Francisco alone may not be sufficient to encourage states to rethink their laws if other cities and states follow San Francisco’s lead, the financial pressure might be enough to prompt policy changes,” her office said.
Before the ban, San Francisco labeled the National Rifle Association a “domestic terror organization.” The NRA returned with a lawsuit against the city, and in response, the Mayor said that the suit would not affect city policies.