Austin, TX defends abortion rights despite going against state law
Austin, the capital of Texas, passed a resolution Thursday to protect the right to have an abortion in a state with a total veto on the procedure, following a June ruling by the nation’s Supreme Court against the right.
On its website, the Austin City Council announced that it had passed a resolution in which it “affirms the city’s commitment to protecting the right of individuals to make their own reproductive health decisions.”
The initiative also limits the use of local funds for abortion data collection efforts, and eliminates the enforcement of criminal laws against abortion as a priority.
Although the resolution does not require Austin law enforcement to follow a protocol for not criminally prosecuting abortion, which would be blatantly illegal, a spokesperson for the local police department and the district attorney for Travis County, where the city is located, said they would follow the recommendations of this decision before it was approved.
The city has also given the green light to the use of funds to inform its citizens about the options they have to avoid pregnancies, such as vasectomies.
Texas is currently one of the states in the country where there is a total veto on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the legal protection of this procedure, in force since 1973 as a result of the “Roe v. Wade” ruling.
The text of the Austin resolution recalls that the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, signed in June 2021 a law that criminalizes abortion as a crime, with sentences of between 10 and 99 years in prison; that does not contemplate exceptions in case of rape or incest and that was designed to go into effect as soon as the Supreme Court repealed this right.