A liberal city in red-state Texas has failed to convince the state's lawmakers to bow to its demands.
Austin, the Texas capital city, is a famously liberal city with a history of clashing with the conservative state, and the latest fight comes after lawmakers passed pro-life legislation that angered the leftists.
Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values tells OneNewsNow that Austin's city council voted for a resolution calling for the repeal of a 2017 state law that requires Texans to pay for abortion coverage in their health insurance policy.
The pro-life argument is that Texans who don't support abortion shouldn't have to pay for them, but the city leaders obviously want that reversed.
"It's definitely a part of the liberal agenda," Hudgens observes, "and really the argument I made to the council was this is not a pro-choice argument."
It's not "pro-choice," she says, to force others to pay for something they oppose.
The resolution has no force of law but it's not the first time the city has tangled with the state and federal government. Austin passed an ordinance requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion but after an expensive legal battle, a federal judge declared it unconstitutional.