San Antonio to weigh resolution showing support for abortion rights

San Antonio District 5 City Councilwoman Teri Castillo has proposed a city council resolution to express support for abortion rights.

San Antonio District 5 City Councilwoman Teri Castillo has proposed a city council resolution to express support for abortion rights.

Josie Norris / San Antonio Express-News

Multiple Texas cities have approved ordinances that are some form of the Guarding the Right to Abortion Care for Everyone (GRACE) Act, which prevent city funds from being used to investigate abortions. San Antonio is set to approve a resolution to support a woman’s right to abortion services and health care on Tuesday, August 2, but it’s not the GRACE Act. Not yet.

The resolution, if approved, is essentially city council taking an official stance on abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. It also recognizes efforts from public officials like District Attorney Joe Gonzalez to use discretion when looking at abortion cases.

However, the resolution goes on to recommend policy to prohibit use of city funds to criminally investigate abortions after state trigger laws go into effect.

Austin approved resolutions and ordinances on July 22 that partially decriminalized abortion. The agenda for Tuesday does not have any ordinance items on the agenda.

The resolution and GRACE Act passage in San Antonio has been supported by District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo and District 2 Counilman Jalen McKee-Rodrigues. 

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