Austin City Council Members Call for Decriminalization of Abortion Citywide in Response to Texas ‘Trigger Law’


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Austin City Council members are seeking to pass legislation that would decriminalize abortion citywide after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that shortly puts Texas’ “trigger law” into effect.

Council members want new legislation that would specifically target a state law that would ban abortions performed from the time of fertilization, according to FOX 7.

Austin City Council members Vanessa Fuentes and José “Chito” Vela are both calling for a special reunion committee to be convinced in order to pass the GRACE Act, which stands for “Keep Abortion Rights For All “.

Vela wrote on the council’s bulletin board on Friday following the Supreme Court’s decision, asking for support for the law to pass.

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Cyclists pass below the downtown skyline on the Lady Bird Lake hiking and biking trail in Austin, Texas, September 18, 2012.
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“Today is a painful day for our country, and I lament the violations of bodily autonomy that the Texas state government will soon impose on residents of Austin,” Vela wrote, according to the report. “I welcome all of my colleagues who wish to co-sponsor the GRACE Act, and I hope our city can be a source of grace for those who will be targeted for making what should be a private medical decision.”

According to the report, the law would place abortion investigations at the top of the Austin Police Department’s top priorities and also restrict the funding that would typically be devoted to illegal abortion investigations and prosecutions.

Vela said ideally the police would take no more action in an abortion investigation beyond writing a report.

“We understand that we are bound by the laws of the state. We have to take the report. We have to take the report from the citizen or whoever it is. However, we don’t want to do much more than take the report, ideally “, Vela told FOX 7.

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Austin City Council members Vanessa Fuentes and José "Chito" Vela.

Austin City Council members Vanessa Fuentes and José “Chito” Vela.
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The Austin City Council also voted to approve a resolution that would “explore all options” allowing the city to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 or other semi-automatic weapon on June 16. .

District 6 council member Mackenzie Kelly said June 16 that attempts to limit gun sales would violate state law, adding that people could simply travel elsewhere in the state to buy a gun. firearm.

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“I believe that any attempt by Austin to restrict, regulate or obstruct gun sales violates state preemption laws. And this violation of preemption law risks being prosecuted by the Attorney General, which , in my view, is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer resources,” Kelly said.


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