After Texas passed a law that severely restricts abortions, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission passed a resolution asking for cities to join in the fight to oppose it.
Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions at approximately six weeks, was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott May 19 and became effective Sept. 1, according to The Washington Post. This means that if a woman is more than six weeks pregnant, she cannot get an abortion. It also does not include exceptions for women impregnated as a result of rape or incest.
Fort Lauderdale City Commission opposed this law by passing a resolution to fight for reproductive healthcare and abortion rights.
“I felt strongly about introducing this resolution and want to thank Mayor Trantalis and Commissioner Sorensen for their support and votes in favor,” said City Commissioner Steven Glassman in a press release.
Glassman, a gay man, has used some of his time on the commission to push equal rights and social justice causes.
According to the resolution, the law violates a person’s right to “choose, places the safety, health, and welfare of people at risk, as many people will nonetheless choose to terminate their pregnancies and will be forced to do so through unregulated, and potentially unsafe means.”
The City Commission also directs the City’s state lobbyists to advocate against legislation that would curtail a woman’s right to legal abortion.