The Portland City Council is poised to take a stand against the new Texas abortion law Wednesday by considering a resolution that will ban official travel to and from the state. In a statement, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office said the Texas law will force “people to carry pregnancies against their will.”
The emergency resolution, if passed, will ban “future travel, goods and services from the state of Texas until the unconstitutional ban on abortion is withdrawn or overturned in court,” reads a Friday press release from Wheeler’s office.
The Texas law, which went into effect last week, prohibits abortion around the sixth week of pregnancy in most circumstances. It has been dubbed the “heartbeat” law because, under the law, abortions cannot take place once “cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac” can be detected.
Democratic lawmakers have been up in arms over the law, particularly after the Supreme Court decided 5-4