Austin City Council Votes to Use $150,000 of Taxpayer Money to Fund 'Abortion Support Services'

Austin, Texas is making it easier for women to get abortions. It's now the first US city to fund abortion support services. This includes things like travel, lodging, counseling, and childcare. Members of the Austin City Council voted Tuesday night to give $150,000 to the cause. They say its purpose is to remove barriers that might otherwise keep low-income women from getting abortions.Texas law SB22 bars any financial relationships between cities and abortion providers. It went into effect last week.Council Member Jimmy Flanagan was the only council member who voted against the measure. He said that this should be a county responsibility rather than a city budget measure. All other council members, including the mayor, voiced their support of the initiative.Pro-life advocates slammed the city council's move to try to bypass state law. "It's appalling that the city of Austin doubled down on its policies to 'save the trees, kill the children,'" Nicole Hudgens, director of policy at the anti-abortion group Texas Values, told media outlets after the amendment passed. "Hudgens called the amendment a "political stunt attempting to circumvent the law." She said if the city wants to help women they should lower taxes.The amendment comes in the wa ...Read more

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