San Francisco Expands Travel Ban to Pro-Life States

The Phillip Burton Federal Building is seen from above in San Francisco, California (Photo credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
October 16, 2019

San Francisco expanded its city-funded travel and contracting bans to 22 states with pro-life laws.

The 22 states include Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida. The move marks the expansion of an ordinance enacted in August that prohibited city-funded travel "to states that have enacted laws that prohibit abortion prior to the viability of the fetus" and contracting with companies headquartered in those states. The ban initially covered eight states, according to Courthouse News, but that list has now expanded to cover nearly half the country.

City supervisor Vallie Brown denounced pro-life reforms, such as late term abortion limits, as "an assault on women and women's reproductive rights" and "an economic hit on women."

The city also took action in 2016 to ban business with states that had enacted anti-LGBT laws. The initial list of states covered by this ban included Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee before expanding to include South Dakota.

San Francisco has not been shy about restricting its relationships based on the political priorities of the board of supervisors. In September, the board passed a resolution condemning the National Rifle Association as a "domestic terrorist organization," claiming the group used its influence to "incite gun owners to acts of violence." Mayor London Breed sent a memo to city employees clarifying that the resolution was non-binding and did not prohibit city contractors from doing business with the organization.

San Francisco is also not the only city to take action against what it perceives as assaults on reproductive rights. Los Angeles County imposed a temporary travel ban to Alabama after the state passed one of the strongest pro-life reforms in the country. Colorado also banned state travel to Alabama after asking Planned Parenthood for input on the state's decision.