San Francisco city employees are being banned from traveling to almost half the country because of city leaders’ radical pro-abortion politics.
In July, the city supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a travel ban to states that have passed pro-life laws. Initially, the ban prohibited government employees from taking city-paid trips to Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama, all of which passed laws this year to protect unborn babies from abortions. The law also bans the city from entering into new contracts with companies in those states.
This week, the city expanded the ban to 22 states, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now, the city will not enter contracts or fund travel to 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.
Touting the move in a statement, Mayor London Breed said, “By limiting travel and contracting with certain states, we are keeping our city funding out of the hands of states that disregard the constitutional right to abortion.”
Here’s more from the report:
City Administrator Naomi Kelly issued a memo to department heads and other high-level staffers Tuesday indicating the states had been placed on the city’s blacklist. …
The ban goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, and it does not apply retroactively — city contracts with businesses in banned states that last past 2020 will not be affected under Brown’s legislation.
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San Francisco Supervisor Vallie Brown, who introduced the pro-abortion measure, basically said she wants city taxpayers’ money to support only policies that she agrees with.
“It will expand the existing ordinance to states that have waged war on our constitutionally protected right to an abortion,” Brown said. “Let’s put our money where our mouth is.”
San Francisco is not alone. Los Angeles politicians and the California legislature enacted similar travel bans to pro-life states earlier this year. In September, an Illinois Democrat lawmaker also introduced a bill to ban state government employee travel to pro-life states. And in May, Colorado banned state employee travel to Alabama after it passed a law to protect unborn babies from abortions.
As the Catholic News Agency reports, 12 states have passed pro-life laws to restrict or ban abortions so far this year. These include heartbeat laws banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy in Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio, but none are in effect because of pro-abortion legal challenges.
Meanwhile, Illinois, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island passed radical pro-abortion bills this year allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.