Texas sheriff says he ‘will not persecute’ those seeking an abortion | Texas

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A Texas sheriff, whose beat largely includes the city of San Antonio, said he will not prosecute those in his jurisdiction who choose to have abortions after the Supreme Court struck down the federal abortion law .

In a Facebook post he shared on Tuesday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar spoke about his “two beautiful and smart daughters,” who he says have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. .

“As a father, I have no control over their adult bodies. As a sheriff, that is absolutely none of my business. I will not persecute Texas women or anyone pursuing those same rights,” said Salazar.

He added: “Shame on the Supreme Court and the bureaucrats in Washington DC and Austin who try to impose their own supposed morality on others. They won’t use my badge or my office color to do that. My job is to hunt predators, rapists and human traffickers, not someone exercising a right.

“If it is religion that these career politicians would want to uphold, then they should remember that there are many other commandments in scripture that they themselves have very publicly chosen to ignore.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was quick to respond to last week’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which gave people the constitutional right to abortion. The prominent Republican invoked his state’s trigger law, which immediately sent Texas back to banning abortions outright.

“Under these pre-Roe laws, abortion providers could be criminally liable for providing abortions starting today,” Paxton said.

Salazar had one final message for the state’s “career politicians” in a state that also witnessed a recent horrific school shooting. “If it’s really about protecting children, how about starting with those in our schools?” »

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