SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Commissioners Court passed a resolution Tuesday aimed at limiting local enforcement of the state’s anti-abortion laws.
While the resolution is largely symbolic, it does outline directives for county staff, including the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
In part, the resolution limits the county’s role in sharing reports, conducting surveillance, or pursuing a criminal investigation related to abortion “except to the extent otherwise required by state or federal law.”
The “Individual Rights to Healthcare” resolution 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 resolution recommends that no county resources are used to collect or share information for the purpose of enforcing abortion-related crimes.
Additionally, the county called on law enforcement to join in the protection of Bexar County residents and their personal liberties, asking officials to deprioritize criminal enforcement of abortion-related crimes, except as required by law.
The resolution was passed with the support of four out of five county commissioners. Precinct 3 Commissioner Marialyn Barnard, the only Republican commissioner, was the sole “no” vote.
Lastly, the county stated its intent to prioritize legislation for the protection of reproductive rights in the County’s legislative agenda for the upcoming State of Texas legislative session that supports the rights of individuals to make private reproductive decisions.
Alyssa Doublet, a spokesperson for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, issued a statement in support of the resolution.
“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.
Read the full resolution below.