AUSTIN — As businesses and elected officials across the nation attack Texas for a new pro-life state law, Austin officials are now joining the mob in demanding legal extermination of children—and using citizens’ money to perform it.

On Wednesday, several Austin City Council members and the Travis County judge spoke at a press conference to bash the new Texas Heartbeat Act.

The “controversial” act, which took effect on September 1, simply makes it illegal in Texas to kill a baby in the womb once the child’s heartbeat is detected. The act came after more than 53,000 children were aborted in Texas just last year.

Since the act was approved by the state Legislature in May, it has sparked a wildfire of backlash, with pro-abortion businesses, media, and elected officials—including President Joe Biden and his administration—raging against the law and suing to halt it.

Biden even called the Heartbeat Act “un-American” and promised a “whole-of-government effort” to retaliate, though the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed the law to continue while lawsuits unfold in the courts.

Austin’s local officials spoke similar words Wednesday.

“This is unjust, it is inequitable, and, frankly, it is cruel,” said Austin City Councilmember Natasha Harper-Madison about the Heartbeat Act, which is estimated to have already saved nearly 3,000 babies in the state.

“I know many of us feel frustrated and furious, but it is our responsibility to stand up and fight with all we’ve got,” said Councilmember Paige Ellis.

Ellis also proposed a resolution, which the city council will presumably approve at their Thursday meeting, to “reaffirm the city of Austin’s long-standing commitment to abortion access and allocate staff resources within City’s law department to investigate and pursue appropriate legal support of current efforts to challenge this extreme and arcane law.”

“Our state leaders are making decisions about our bodies without even basic knowledge about how pregnancy works,” she said.

Ironically, speaking of basic biology, Ellis’ resolution denies that a baby in the womb has a unique body and heartbeat and refuses to say women are the sex who bear children, instead using the woke terminology of “individuals who are capable of becoming pregnant.”

Furthermore, Travis County Judge Andy Brown even said the Heartbeat Act “make[s] our community less safe, less equitable, and it contradicts our shared community values.”

“This restrictive abortion law is reckless, harmful, and at its worst, can be deadly,” he said.

Apparently, Brown thinks the life-saving Heartbeat Act is deadlier than an abortion.

Prior to Wednesday’s press conference, the Democrat-run Austin City Council already had a long history of funneling citizens’ money toward killing babies. They used to give citizens’ money directly to abortion businesses, but once the state Legislature made that illegal in 2019, they schemed a workaround plan to fund the costs along the way to killing a child—logistics such as rides to abortion facilities, hotel rooms, and, ironically, childcare while a baby brother or sister was executed.

The council has voted to spend hundreds of thousands of public cash on the project just in the past couple of years. And on Wednesday, City Councilmember Greg Casar said they’re going to keep doing it.

“We’re going to fight [the Heartbeat Act] in court until we take down this law; we are going to fight at the ballot box until we have lawmakers that represent the basic rights of Texans; and we are as a city going to continue to help our constituents with direct financial aid for the transportation that they need, the childcare that they need and the support that they might even need to travel out of state,” Casar said.

“And I don’t care if the governor says that that violates his law. We are going to keep doing it.”

One citizen on social media recently summarized the Heartbeat Act fight.

“Imagine a world where people are mad about saving babies,” he commented.

Concerned citizens may contact their council member.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.


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