Blackmail: Louisiana Withholds $39 Million From New Orleans Because it Won’t Enforce Abortion Ban by Ben Johnson for Life News
State officials in Louisiana have withheld tens of millions of dollars from a Democratic city where elected officials, including its Soros-linked prosecutor, defiantly refused to enforce the state’s pro-life laws. The funds would have helped build a critical update to the city’s water and sewage infrastructure.
The mayor, sheriff, and district attorney of New Orleans vowed they would not investigate abortionists who violate the state’s post-Roe trigger law, which would protect most unborn children and punish abortion with up to 10 years in prison. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) told The Washington Stand he proposed delaying state funding for city projects until liberal officials stopped threatening to turn New Orleans into a “sanctuary city” for abortion.
Louisiana’s Bond Commission, which distributes state loans and grants to local governments, voted 12-2 on Thursday to defer a $39 million line of credit meant for the Sewerage and Water Board to build a new power plant. They will reconsider the funding at their next meeting, in 30 days, if city officials agree to stop flouting state law.
“We all took the same oath. We don’t have the opportunities to pick and choose what laws we follow,” saidSecretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R), who is a commission member. “In my opinion, they should all be impeached.”
District Attorney Jason Williams was one of 90 prosecutors who signed a public statement asserting, “Enforcing abortion bans runs counter to the obligations and interests we are sworn to uphold.” The New Orleans Police Department announced officers would not arrest abortionists in almost every case. And city council called on law enforcement to consider abortion laws “the lowest priority for enforcement.”
On Thursday, city officials acknowledged the heavy blow inflicted by potentially losing state funding for the upgrades to their water and sewage facility, which have been in the works for a decade. “The businesses of New Orleans rely on our partnership with the state to protect vital assets, businesses and residents from flooding,” confessed New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D). “[W]e are in the middle of another above-average hurricane season, in which this city needs its entire Sewerage and Water Board system performing at its peak.”