Texas Alliance for Life Urges Texas Supreme Court to Stop Current Form of the Proposed San Antonio “Justice” Charter Amendment

On Thursday, February 9, 2023, Texas Alliance for Life, Inc., a statewide pro-life organization based in Austin, and San Antonio resident Maria Teresa Ramirez Morris, petitioned the Supreme Court of Texas to block the San Antonio City Council from certifying the so-called “Justice” Charter amendment for the May 6, 2023, election.

Texas Alliance for Life’s emergency petition for writ of mandamus shows that the proposed charter amendment, which contains six distinct amendments shoe-horned into one proposition, violates state law and must be blocked and separated into distinct proposals. State law clearly requires that voters have an opportunity to vote on single-subject amendments.

Among the six proposals is language that would de-prioritize and decriminalize state law that protects unborn babies from abortion from conception through birth, except in rare cases to protect the mother’s life. Under the amendment, any abortion in San Antonio — even secret abortions on minor girls, very late, third-trimester abortions, and abortions performed by pimps and sex traffickers — could not be stopped or even investigated by the San Antonio police.

Amy O’Donnell, Texas Alliance for Life’s Communications Director, who grew up in San Antonio, said, “The proposed charter amendment facilitates and encourages illegal and back alley abortions. It is an attack on innocent lives in San Antonio — the lives of countless unborn babies who will die from the abortions and on the lives and hearts of desperate women undergoing illegal abortions, even those performed by sex traffickers. It’s also an attack on officers who take an oath to enforce and uphold the laws, by directing them to act in violation of what they’ve committed to do.”

“The people of Texas, acting through their elected members of the Legislature and the Governor, have determined that state law should protect unborn children and their mothers from abortion,” O’Donnell continued. “That is what the City Council has an obligation to do.”

Should the City Council set this on the May ballot, Texas Alliance for Life, working with local allies, will implement a vigorous grassroots campaign to turn out voters against it beginning immediately.

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As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.