Austin’s Travis County Renews Contracts Sending Tax Money to Abortion Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 13, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Austin’s Travis County Renews Contracts Sending Tax Money to Abortion Centers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 13
, 2009

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Officials in Travis County, the location of Austin, Texas, voted last week to renew two contracts that ultimately send $450,000 to directly pay for abortions. The county has paid for abortions in prior budgets and pro-life advocates hoped to stop it this time around, but were unsuccessful.

About 200 people, the largest crowd ever, attended the hearing as the board of Central Health approved agreements to continue paying for abortions.

Clarke Heidrick, an attorney on the board, said he thought abortion was wrong but said the county supported sending the money to the abortion businesses to help it provide family planning services.

The Travis County Healthcare District (TCHD) Board of Managers considered proposed contracts totaling $450,000 for approximately 1,000 abortions a year with Austin Women’s Health Center (also known as Brookside Women’s Medical Center and Whole Woman’s Health of Austin and added Planned Parenthood has a third option.

The board inherited from the City of Austin in 2004 when voters created the district. The TCHD is a taxing authority that collects property tax dollars and spends those dollars by contracting for health care for low-income residents of Travis County.

It first heard objections to paying for abortions at an October hearing and held the second last week to finalize its decision.

The Texas Alliance for Life pro-life organization led the fight against the abortion payments.

TAL president Joe Pojman told LifeNews.com previously he hopes to raise the issue again.

"The abortions are performed on demand on healthy women with healthy unborn babies. No medical reason or referral is required," Pojman explains.

ACTION: Contact TCHD officials at https://www.traviscountyhd.org/contact_us.html

Related web sites:
Texas Alliance for Life – https://www.TexasAllianceforLife.org

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