Jacksonville, Florida City Council Defeats Bill to Pay for Killing Babies in Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 15, 2022   |   5:30PM   |   Jacksonville, Florida

The City Council of Jacksonville, Florida rejected legislation Tuesday that would have forced taxpayers to fund abortion-related travel costs for city employees.

The Florida Times-Union reports the council voted unanimously to withdraw the measure proposed by City Councilman Reggie Gaffney in May.

Even Gaffney voted to withdraw it, claiming he does not “support abortion,” just “women’s rights,” according to the report.

The measure would have provided up to $4,000 for city employees to travel out of state for elective abortions if they have to travel more than 100 miles, the report states.

Two other members of the council, Rory Diamond and Al Ferarro, spoke out against the measure ahead of the vote, saying they are pro-life and they would have liked to have seen the council reject the legislation, not just withdraw it, according to the report.

“… abortion to me and my family and to people who believe as I do is murder, and to use taxpayer funding to let somebody go to another city or state to commit murder is outrageous to me,” Diamond said.

A new Florida law scheduled to go into effect July 1 prohibits abortions on unborn babies after 15 weeks. The law could save thousands of lives every year.

More local governments have been taking action on abortion in recent years.

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the city council to tell them you don’t want to fund abortions.

In 2019, the City Council of Austin, Texas, became the first in the U.S. to fund abortions indirectly by giving pro-abortion groups city tax dollars to provide transportation, child care, lodging and other services to women seeking abortions.

Then, in May, Austin Councilman José Chito Vela said he crafted a pro-abortion measure to “decriminalize” abortions in the city if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer.

The City Council of Tucson, Arizona also declared a city-wide “emergency” in June because their state soon may begin protecting unborn babies from abortions after the first trimester. The pro-abortion “emergency” resolution blasted state lawmakers for passing legal protections for babies in the womb and criticized the Supreme Court for potentially overturning Roe.

Other cities have been passing legislation to protect unborn babies.

To date, 50 cities in Texas, Nebraska, Ohio, Louisiana and Iowa have passed Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances, which ban abortions within city limits.

Dozens of other cities and counties have passed pro-life resolutions, which are statements of support but not enforceable law, that recognize unborn babies’ right to life. In Arkansas, 19 counties and 10 cities and towns have passed pro-life resolutions, according to Family Council of Arkansas. Several North Carolina counties passed pro-life resolutions recently, too.

Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has forced states to legalize abortions up to viability and allowed abortions up to birth. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on a Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, this summer, potentially later this month.

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the city council to tell them you don’t want to fund abortions.