Austin City Council Cuts Police Funding by $150M, Shifts Portion of Money to Fund Abortion

(CBN News) The City of Austin, Texas is doubling down on its stance as a sanctuary city for the abortion industry while simultaneously going woke with plans to defund the police. 

The city’s 2021 budget, approved unanimously by the all-Democrat Austin City Council on Thursday, cuts $150 million from the Austin Police Department, or roughly a third of their funding. Millions of dollars will be redirected to other public services, and the city council feels that should include subsidizing abortion access.

“Today I hope that the community feels hope,” said Councilmember Greg Casar.

The council’s move makes Austin the first of Texas’ four biggest cities to drastically cut police department funding. The share of the police department budget that was cut is among the largest percentage decreases in the nation this year, according to the Texas Tribune

Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law prohibiting state and local governments from using taxpayer dollars to support abortion businesses and their affiliates. 

However, as CBN News reported, the City of Austin circumvented this law by including a line item of $150,000 in the city’s budget for abortion logistical services. While the funding cannot pay for the abortion procedure directly, this money is earmarked for expenses related to abortion, including transportation to the appointment, lodging, childcare, and legal services. 

The city contracted with Jane’s Due Process, a pro-abortion organization that’s been accused of exploiting underage girls by showing them how to obtain abortions without their parents’ involvement. Pro-Life Austin residents have since sued the city, however, their 2019 lawsuits have been pending in county courts for almost a year.

Abortion Access Earmarked as ‘Social Services’ 

In setting the budget for 2021, Austin reaffirmed their commitment to killing unborn children with taxpayer dollars by increasing the funding allotted for “abortion access” to $250,000. The approved budget starts by taking $21.5 million from the Austin Police Department’s funding and shifting that money to pay for social services, community resources including response to the coronavirus, mental health aid programs, violence prevention, victim services and food, housing, and abortion access. 

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Editor’s note. This article was written by Steve Warren and originally posted at CNB News, Title changed by Pulpit & Pen.


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