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Court delays pro-choice proclamation

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court’s effort to pass a proclamation “supporting reproductive choice in health care” will have to wait for another week after Tuesday’s meeting. Just as the court took up the item early in the morning (and after County Judge Sarah Eckhardt donned a pink “pussyhat” to show solidarity with the cause), Commissioner Gerald Daugherty raised his objections to the language of the document. Daugherty compared it to a similar proclamation he supported in 2013. “This one, you know, is a little problematic for me because it has ‘abortion’ in it seven times,” Daugherty explained. He added, “And for somebody that is so supportive of women’s health care, I just hate to be boxed in a spot to where I’ve got to go out and defend why I would support something that has to sort of, kind of, seemingly get in-your-face over the abortion issue.” Daugherty offered to work with Eckhardt to craft language that he could end up supporting. Indicating a preference for a united court on the proclamation, Eckhardt conceded to his request for a postponement of one week. She explained that the spirit of the proclamation, after all, is the freedom to choose. Said Eckhardt, “It’s not about telling someone what to do one way or the other. It truly is about choice. And so I want to recognize your choice as well.”

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