AUSTIN, Texas — The video above was published on May 17.
Following the passage of a bill that bans nearly all abortions in Alabama, an Austin City Council member is proposing that the city boycott Alabama, according to a resolution posted on the City of Austin website. But before that happens, Austin will study the impact of the possible boycott.
The City of Austin is looking at boycotting the state by banning city staff from traveling to Alabama and by boycotting top corporate donors to Alabama legislators who voted to further restrict access to abortion.
During a city council meeting June 6, the council members unanimously passed a resolution to study the impact of a possible boycott. The study will assess the effects of a possible boycott, and ways to conduct a boycott that wouldn't harm low-income residents and service industry employees in Alabama.
The study would also look at effective ways Austin can fight against anti-abortion laws and help those affected by them.
The city manager is being asked to report back to the city council with findings and recommendations by Aug. 28.
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.
Two days later, Leslie Pool, the city council member in District 7.
"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."
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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