Los Angeles Times reports San Francisco is blacklisting 22 states, Nebraska included, that have restrictive abortion policies, saying that it will no longer do business with those states “because of their severe anti-choice policies.” Nine of the states were already on the city’s banned list based on LGBTQ laws that the city deemed to be discriminatory in July.
Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Vallie Brown, the author of the ordinance, announced the decision Wednesday. In addition to travel restrictions to those states, the city will not enter into any new contracts with companies headquartered in any of the 22 states.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the ban: “Progressive cancel culture is dumb. Most Nebraskans, like a whole bunch of Californians, are pro-life and want to reflect our pro-science, pro-woman, pro-baby beliefs with common-sense laws. Folks in San Francisco are free to disagree, but it’s childish to try to shut down a big cultural debate. Pro-lifers aren’t out to silence the other side — we believe in persuasion. San Francisco progressives can throw a tantrum — Nebraskans will continue to act like grownups.”
The targeted states are those that ban abortion before a fetus reaches viability — the point when a fetus can live outside the womb. A fetus generally reaches viability between 24 and 28 weeks.
The blacklisted states are 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. Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas already were on the city administrator’s list due to their LGBTQ laws and policies. The ban will go into effect on Jan. 1.
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