AUSTIN — In a time when local elected officials are spending so many words to describe their efforts to “save lives,” why are they then spending so much money on taking lives?

Last week, the all-Democrat Austin City Council voted unanimously to defund the local police department by a whopping one-third, amounting to $150 million, but that’s not even the main story here. The truly abhorrent story is the council is taking part of that public safety money to instead spend on killing children.

In the newly approved 2021 city budget, the council decided to funnel $250,000 of citizens’ money to organizations that assist with abortions, a socially accepted term for killing babies. One of those organizations, Jane’s Due Process, specifically assists underage girls in terminating their children without parental consent.

The council didn’t simply choose killing over protecting, they’re also killing in an intentionally schemed way that skirts state law.

Recently enacted Senate Bill 22 made it illegal for local government officials to directly pay abortion businesses with citizens’ money, foiling the Austin City Council, who for decades had given Planned Parenthood a special $1-a-year lease deal on prime real estate near downtown.

However, the all-Democrat council was so insistent on finding a way to help kill more babies, they are now forcing citizens to indirectly pay for abortions—spending tax money to cover logistical costs of manslaughter, such as rides to abortion facilities, hotel rooms, and ironically, childcare while a baby brother or sister gets exterminated.

The council first enacted their plan last year with $150,000, and they’re now boosting it with $100,000 more from the reallocated police money. Pro-life Austinites sued the city last year over their plan, but the case is still pending in district court.

In the meantime, the all-Democrat Austin council is celebrating taking police money to fund even more abortions, with one council member saying killing children will make the city “a safer and better place to live.”

“I appreciate the leadership from everyone on these priorities,” Councilman Greg Casar, a self-proclaimed socialist, wrote recently to his colleagues on the city’s online message board. “These investments will make us a safer and better place to live.”

“This is the most ‘forward-looking’ budget in memory,” tweeted Mayor Steve Adler. “This is the budget where we launch our future as a fairer, more just, more equitable, more universally accessible city. This budget is full of opportunity and hope. For me, this is the ‘Justice Budget.’”

Others outside the council have reacted quite differently.

“How sick are these people,” talk show host Chris Salcedo said. “[The city council] votes to defund public safety, and then they say, ‘Ok, it’s not enough, … Now we’re going to take some of the money that would’ve gone to living people’s security and we’re going to make sure other people don’t even get into the world.”

“Apparently in Austin, Black Pre-Born Lives don’t matter,” one citizen tweeted.

“I’m not going to debate abortion with anyone, but trying to figure out how that helps keep ATX safe?” tweeted retired police officer Dennis Farris.

“I think it’s egregious for the city of Austin to double down when the pending court cases have not yet been resolved given the legitimacy of the claims still pending,” said Robert Henneke with conservative think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation. “I hope this leads to a faster resolution of this issue with the appellate courts and the Texas Supreme Court confirming that governments in Texas do not serve a public purpose to use taxpayer funds to facilitate killing babies.”

In 2017, 52,699 Texans were killed through abortions, according to the latest state data. By comparison, 10,564 Texans have died from coronavirus-related illness.

“Slaughtering children in the womb is the value of Austin Mayor Steve Adler,” Salcedo added. “My question to Austin is, ‘Are those your values?’”

Concerned citizens can contact the city council.

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.