Louisiana State Officials Postpone Flood Funding to New Orleans for Second Time Over City Officials’ Position on Abortion

Landry urged the commission to deny funding in both cases because of a New Orleans City Council resolution encouraging law enforcement in the region not to enforce the state’s abortion ban within their respective jurisdictions.

The project, titled “New Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant, Planning and Construction” aims to protect New Orleans’ streets from flooding during storms and is due to be completed by 2024.

In response to Louisiana’s so-called trigger ban — which took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overthrew Roe v. Wade — the New Orleans City Council passed a resolution on July 7 banning city leaders from supporting abortion and reproductive health care by police, delegates of the sheriff and prosecutors not to spend city funds gathering information about abortions.
The Louisiana ban, which has been challenged in court, outlawed abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest — and is currently in effect, CNN previously reported.
In a July 19 letter, Landry asked the bond commission to stop all funding in favor of the city of New Orleans because of city leadership’s opposition to enforcement of the state law prohibiting abortion.

“In light of the city’s open opposition to the will of the people of Louisiana, I urge the Bond Commission to reject all applications for the City of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, and any local government agency or political subdivision under its control. jurisdiction is deferred,” Landry said. wrote in the July letter.

In addition, any other funding directly benefiting the City of New Orleans must also be terminated until the Council, the Mayor, the Chief of Police, the Sheriff and the District Attorney have met and confirmed that they will comply with and enforce the laws of this state and cooperates with all state officials who may be called upon to enforce them.”

According to the minutes of the committee’s July 21 meeting, a representative from Landry’s office has ordered that the sewerage and water board project be deferred from the agenda and the remaining projects approved.
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According to the minutes, the motion was passed without objection.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell responded to the motion in a press release, saying it is “disappointing and appalling” that the commission has cut funding for one of its most “vital and valuable” infrastructure projects.

“Regardless of the outcome, my administration will continue to prioritize the needs of our residents, including improving our aging infrastructure, strengthening our resilience as a city, and protecting women’s reproductive rights throughout the city of New Orleans,” it said. Cantrell in a statement. the release.

On Aug. 18, the Bonds Committee met a second time to vote on flood financing, and a second time, and again at Landry’s urging, 7-6 voted to postpone the motion for financing until next month, according to the Board of Directors. video of the meeting .
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“New Orleans officials have taken an oath of office to support and enforce the laws of our state, but they have decided that some laws are not worth enforcing,” Landry said in a statement following Thursday’s vote. .

“In light of the city’s open opposition to the will of the people of Louisiana, I will continue my efforts for the Treasury Bond Commission. Today was another step to ensure our state’s parishes and congregations adhere to the laws of our state,” the state’s attorney general said in a Facebook post.

On Friday, Mayor Cantrell told CNN’s Alex Marquardt that she will not reconsider her stance on abortion. Withholding or diverting resources for infrastructure affects both the state and local economies, Cantrell said.

“We cannot afford to put politics above people’s rights, especially protecting people from hurricanes and other disasters, because we are on the front lines of climate change,” Cantrell told CNN.

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