Harris County Commissioners Court Adopts Resolution Opposing Texas Heartbeat Act

The Harris County Commissioners Court approved a resolution condemning the Texas Heartbeat Act by a 3-2 vote. This effort is untimely, foolish, and a waste of taxpayer resources.

Merely hours after Hurricane Nicholas directly impacted the Houston area, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the Democrats on the commissioners court, Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis, engaged in this futile political stunt to attack the Texas Heartbeat Act. The law has saved approximately 2,000 preborn babies since taking effect on September 1.

“This shameful resolution is further justification for the Texas Heartbeat Act. Big-city Democrats don’t care about Life and will subvert all laws that protect preborn children,” responded Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz. “Elective abortion is still illegal in Texas (including in Harris County) after a preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable, and Pro-Life Texans will continue to enforce the law.”

Today’s resolution also directed county bureaucrats to explore possible ways to undermine the Texas Heartbeat Act. Although what this would include is unclear at this time, the county could seek to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion logistics like Austin City Council did, prompting lengthy and costly litigation against the town.

Texas Right to Life thanks Commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey for opposing the anti-Life majority’s efforts by offering a Pro-Life substitute resolution, which ultimately failed. Sadly, Harris County is governed by Democrats more devoted to abortion than the people they serve.