AUSTIN, Texas — Following the passage of a bill that bans nearly all abortions in Alabama, an Austin City Council member is calling on the city to boycott Alabama, according to a resolution posted on the City of Austin website.

Leslie Pool, the city council member in District 7, said May 17 that she is drafting a resolution for the June 6 city council meeting that "would prohibit the city from doing business with Alabama, including any staff travel to the state for meetings or conventions."

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On May 15, Alabama's governor signed an anti-abortion bill into law, making it the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country. The law makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, including pregnancies that result from rape and incest.

"Alabama's new statute is an assault on women’s constitutional right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health, and Austin should help fight back," Pool said on the website. "The law is set to take effect in six months, although legal challenges will likely hobble that timeline. Of course, the Alabama bill comes at a time when states across the nation, including Texas, are taking aggressive action against women as part of an organized effort to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court."

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She said the last time Austin economically boycotted was in 2010, "after Arizona passed a reprehensible law that gave state and local police unprecedented authority to check the immigration status of any individual stopped for a traffic violation or any other alleged violation."


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