PORTLAND, Ore. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — According to officials, the city of Portland, Oregon’s plan to boycott Texas goods and services over its new abortion law could cost companies in the Lone Star State millions of dollars a year.
Heather Hafer, a spokeswoman with the Office of Management and Finance, said Portland has inked almost $35 million in contracts with Texas-based businesses over the last five years, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
She also said Portland employees have made 19 separate trips to the Lonestar State on official business since 2019, a number she said would have been significantly higher if travel hadn’t been stopped for a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The potential financial impact information comes after Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Twitter Monday called Portland boycotting Texas “a complete joke.”
“Texas’ economy is stronger than ever. We value babies and police, they don’t,” he wrote on the social media site.
Portland boycotting Texas is a complete joke. A city led by depraved officials allows lawlessness, putting their citizens in grave danger. A boycott will hurt them, not us. Texas’ economy is stronger than ever. We value babies and police, they don’t.READ MORE: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health, Led To More Drug Abuse, CDC Says
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) September 6, 2021
The Portland City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the measure, which would halt the city from spending money with Texas businesses as well as forbid employee travel to the state. The ban would be in effect until the state either withdraws the legislation or the law gets overturned in court, according to city officials.
The new Texas law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks — before some people know they are pregnant. The Texas’ law differs significantly from laws blocked in other states because it leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of criminal prosecutors.MORE NEWS: US To Deport 'Massive' Number Of Haitian Migrants From Texas Border Town
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