Austin, Texas to Redirect Taxpayer Money from Police to Fund 'Abortion Access'
City diverts funding into abortion-related services
After becoming the latest city in America to "defund the police," Austin, Texas has voted to redirect a chunk of the Department's budget to fund "abortion access."
The move will see a huge portion of the police's taxpayer-funded budget pumped into abortion-related services as the city doubles down on its stance as a sanctuary city for the abortion industry.
The city’s 2021 budget, approved unanimously by the all-Democrat Austin City Council last week, cuts funding for the Austin Police Department and redirects a portion of the funding to subsidize abortion.
Austin’s city council voted to slash police funding by $150 million - over a third of the department’s total $434 million budget.
$100,000 of that amount will now be redirected to abortion access.
The decision cuts services and police functions from the APD such as the 911 call center, community partnerships, victims’ services, and traffic enforcement, as well as cadet classes and officers’ overtime pay.
Some functions, such as 911, are moved to other jurisdictions, while some are ended, The Federalist reported.
Some of the cuts include, according to local outlet KVUE:
- 911 Call Center – $17.7 million
- Forensic Sciences – $12.7 million
- Support Services – $14.1 million
- Community Partnerships – $2.5 million
- Victims Services – $3.1 million
- Internal Affairs – $4.5 million
- Special Investigations – $1.8 million
- Special Events – $4.4 million
- Mounted Patrol – $2.1 million
- Traffic Enforcement – $18.4 million
- Austin Regional Intelligence Center – $2 million
- Park Police – $5.8 million
- Lake Patrol – $1.4 million
- Organized Crime/K-9 – $1.2 million
- Nuisance Abatement – $312,000
- Canceling 3 Cadet Classes – $2.2 million this year
- Officer Overtime – $2.8 million
- License Plate Readers – $133,000
An amendment proposed by Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza directed $100,000 of the funding to increase access to abortions, according to the “Immediate Community Investments and Reimagining Plan.”
Although state law prohibits government funding for abortion, the City of Austin gets around those restrictions by funding “abortion access,” including travel, lodging, and child-care expenses for women seeking abortions.
“Austin has reaffirmed their commitment to killing preborn children with taxpayer dollars,” said Kimberlyn Schwartz of Texas Right To Life in a press release.
The decision to cut the police department’s funding by more than one-third came after City Manager Spencer Cronk was criticized for his original proposal, which would have cut the department by $11 million.
Instead, the council’s final budget cut police funding by more than ten times that.
“We remain concerned about the reductions in police positions when crime is increasing and response times are slower,” the Greater Austin Crime Commission said in a statement.
Violent crimes, including homicides, aggravated assaults, and arson, rose in Austin in March and April.
Melanie Rodriguez, president of the Austin Police Women’s Association, criticized the city council for still benefitting from its security detail.
“If the mayor and council need special protection they can hire it themselves,” she said.
Others, like Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition, lauded the decision and suggested that more changes like it would follow.
“We are just getting started,” he insisted.