The Travis County, Texas Commissioners Court isn’t shy about showing its support for the nation’s largest abortion industry.
The governing body approved a resolution Tuesday to proclaim the liberal county’s support for Planned Parenthood, according to the Austin Monitor. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt co-sponsored the resolution for the county, where Austin, the state capital, is located.
“I want both my daughter and my son and all people’s children to have that choice,” Eckhardt said during the meeting. “And I want all people to have access to the medical care necessary to make that choice in a fully informed way.”
Eckhard’s comments drew applause from abortion advocates who attended the meeting, according to the newspaper. Several abortion advocates also testified prior to the vote, including Sarah Wheat, a vice president from the Planned Parenthood Greater Texas affiliate, the report states.
Eckhard’s resolution came in response to the largely pro-life state’s efforts to de-fund the abortion giant after it was caught in a series of 11 videos selling aborted babies’ body parts. One of the expose’ videos caught a Houston, Texas Planned Parenthood arranging for the sales of aborted babies and dissecting babies it had aborted and planned to ship off for sale to a biotech firm.
In October, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made decision to eliminate state taxpayer funding for the abortion business. In November, the abortion business filed a lawsuit to stop the state from taking away the funding.
Despite the crowd of abortion advocates in attendance Tuesday, the resolution passed with just three votes: Commissioner Rob Davis abstained and Commissioner Gerald Daugherty voted no, according to the report.
Daugherty, the only Republican on the board, said he and his wife agreed that they could not support Planned Parenthood because it does abortions.
“I do understand the great need for Planned Parenthood, and I think that other than the abortion issue – and it’s unfortunate that we can’t separate this – but it puts some of us in a spot to where that’s not what my wife and I believe in,” Daugherty said.
The liberal Travis County governing body has a reputation of promoting abortion in the largely pro-life state. In 2010, the commissioners approved a budget containing $450,000 in contracts paying for abortions for poor women in the heavily populated county, LifeNews previously reported. The abortions were performed on demand on healthy mothers with healthy unborn babies, and no medical reasons were required for the abortions to receive taxpayer dollars. The fund paid for almost 600 babies to be aborted each year it was in place.
In 2011, the Texas Central Health board voted unanimously to end taxpayer financing of abortions in Travis County.
ACTION: Send a message to the commissioners about their vote to support the Planned Parenthood abortion business at http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/default.asp.