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Bexar County Commissioners pass abortion rights decision, signaling opposition to states’ ban

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Commissioners Court handed a decision Tuesday geared toward limiting native enforcement of the state’s anti-abortion legal guidelines.

While the decision is basically symbolic, it does define directives for county employees, together with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

In half, the decision limits the county’s function in sharing experiences, conducting surveillance, or pursuing a legal investigation associated to abortion “except to the extent otherwise required by state or federal law.”

The “Individual Rights to Healthcare” decision affirms “a woman’s right to choose and formally condemns any actions intended to restrict, abrogate or deny the liberties of Bexar County residents.”

The decision recommends that no county resources are used to accumulate or share info for the aim of imposing abortion-related crimes.

Additionally, the county known as on legislation enforcement to be a part of within the safety of Bexar County residents and their personal liberties, asking officers to deprioritize legal enforcement of abortion-related crimes, besides as required by legislation.

The decision was handed with the help of 4 out of 5 county commissioners. Precinct 3 Commissioner Marialyn Barnard, the one Republican commissioner, was the only real “no” vote.

Lastly, the county said its intent to prioritize laws for the safety of reproductive rights within the County’s legislative agenda for the upcoming State of Texas legislative session that helps the rights of people to make personal reproductive selections.

Alyssa Doublet, a spokesperson for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, issued an announcement in help of the decision.

“The resolution does not make abortion legal; that would require changing state or federal laws. But the resolution is an important step aimed at restraining enforcement of the state’s medieval, undemocratic, anti-abortion laws inside the county,” she wrote.

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