Portland walks back Texas boycott as response to abortion ban

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  • Source: OPB
  • 09/15/2021
Instead, city officials are considering setting aside $200,000 that will go to organizations “that deliver programs and services related to reproductive healthcare.”

Two weeks after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler garnered nationwide attention with his plan to boycott Texas following the state’s dramatic curtailing of abortion access, the council is ready to vote on it.

But the proposal, which the council will consider Wednesday, has shifted shape considerably since the city nabbed national headlines. The city has ditched the two meatiest parts of the proposal — a boycott on city business with Texas and a ban on employee travel to the Lone Star state. Instead, city officials are considering setting aside $200,000 that will go to organizations “that deliver programs and services related to reproductive healthcare.”

The ordinance does not specify where these organizations should be located.
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