An Austin City Council member is calling for a boycott of Alabama after the state passed a new law protecting pre-born children from abortion.
Council member Leslie Pool posted on the city’s message board Friday asking her colleagues to join her in boycotting Alabama for their new pro-life law that will protect children from being killed in the womb. The law will make abortion a felony in most circumstances.
“I am drafting a resolution for the June 6 council agenda that would prohibit the city from doing business with Alabama,” Pool wrote, “including any staff travel to the state for meetings or conventions.”
Pool said the law to protect children from being killed is “an assault on women’s constitutional right” and that “Austin should help fight back.”
The city council currently helps fund the killing of babies, as they have a special deal with Planned Parenthood that allows the corporation to rent a taxpayer-owned property in east Austin for an exclusive price of $1 per year. Annual market rent for the land is worth $111,000.
Pool’s proposed ban wouldn’t be the first time Austin retaliated against another state: The city boycotted Arizona for nearly eight years after the state passed an immigration law that allowed police to verify the citizenship of an individual stopped for a violation.
Austin’s newest boycott is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.