It’s come to this….
The Texas anti-abortion law is NOT gonna stop the procedures…
Desperation has set in for the Texas lawmakers it would seem….
A conservative Texas lawmaker warned Citigroup Inc.that it could be barred from underwriting municipal bonds and that company officers and employees could face criminal prosecution unless the bank backs off its policy to pay for workers to travel outside of Texas for an abortion.
Texas state representative Briscoe Cain, a Republican, said Friday he sent a cease-and-desist letter to Citigroup Global Markets Chief Executive Officer Jane Fraser. He also sent letters to leaders of some major non-profit organizations that have raised millions to pay travel costs for women seeking abortions outside Texas.
Citigroup instituted its new policy in reaction to a Texas law that forbids anyone from “aiding and abetting” an abortion after cardiac activity can be detected in the fetus. That usually occurs at around six weeks of pregnancy, before most women realize they’re pregnant.
Since Texas’s abortion ban took effect Sept. 1, abortions in the state have plunged roughly 60%, according to statistics provided by abortion advocates. However, women with access to time and resources have crossed state lines to reach clinics elsewhere. Abortion providers in adjacent states report being overwhelmed by Texas patients since the law took effect.
Cain currently lacks legal authority to carry out the actions he warns about in his letters, Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law, said in a phone interview. But if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the legal precedent known as Roe v. Wade, which gives women a constitutional right to end an early-stage pregnancy, a 1974 Texas statute making it a felony to knowingly pay for an abortion will kick back in.