Following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last week, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a Democrat, wrote on Facebook that he will not investigate those who choose to get an abortion.

“As their Sheriff, it is absolutely none of my business. I will not persecute Texas women or anyone else pursuing those same rights,” said Salazar.

“Shame on the Supreme Court and the bureaucrats in Washington D.C. and Austin who are attempting to impose their own supposed morals on others,” he continued. “They will not use my badge or the color of my office to do so. My job is chasing predators, rapists, and human traffickers, not someone exercising a right.”

He also went after those practicing religions that believe abortion is murder, saying, “If it’s religion those career politicians would like to enforce, then they should remember that there are many other commandments in scripture that they themselves have very publicly chosen to ignore.”

Salazar’s Facebook post included a family photo featuring himself, his wife, and their two daughters, whom he used to leverage his argument for abortion.

“As their Dad, I will defend my daughters’ ability to do what they feel is right with their own bodies and to love whomever they choose. As their Dad, I have no control over their adult bodies.”

Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has maintained that laws outlawing abortion remain “100 percent in effect.”

Jake Peterson

Jake Peterson is a journalism fellow for Texas Scorecard. During high school he competed in speech and debate and now works to teach the unbiased truth, and expose corruption.