BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Mayor Randall Woodfin says Birmingham may lose investment from two tech companies considering locating in the city because of the state’s new abortion law.
Mayor Woodfin says one company has dropped all talks with the city and the other has put talks on hold.
Last week, Woodfin reached out to state lawmakers and Governor Ivey’s office to express concerns about the abortion law, which doesn’t have exceptions for rape or incest.
“We need to realize when we make certain decisions it has a ripple effect on our ability to recruit jobs, economic development, and industry to our city,” Woodfin said.
Woodfin did not name the companies because the city signed a non-disclosure agreement during negotiations.
After signing the abortion ban bill into law, Governor Kay Ivey was asked about impact. Ivey said the law reflects Alabamian’s values and she doesn’t think she’ll get any push back from big businesses.
Birmingham City Councilman John Hilliard believes the law will be a problem getting other companies to come here. “In Alabama, we should be looking forward. This is really going to affect our economic development in Birmingham and across the state of Alabama,” Hilliard said.
Mayor Woodfin said he will seek to change the companies minds and work to bring others to the city, but he opposed the law.
“My personal opinion is simple and straight forward. I believe women’s rights are human rights and the city of Birmingham stands for human rights, period,” Woodfin said.