City of San Antonio Council and their Persistence for Abortion Rights - Resolution to Support Individual’s Rights to Health Care

On August 1, 2022 the San Antonio Family Association held a Press Conference on the steps of City Hall.  It was in response to the Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg and the City Council who held a Press Conference on the same steps of City Hall on July 27, declaring that abortion is healthcare and a woman’s right.  

Since Roe v Wade was reversed on June 24, the Progressives have been fuming that there will not be any abortions in Texas.  What they refuse to understand is that the reversal of Roe doesn’t abolish abortion, the ruling handed each state the right to make their own choice to make their laws on abortion.  The Texas Trigger law already in place and effective on August 25, 2022 will abolish elective abortion in our state.

The San Antonio Family Associations’ Patrick Von Dohlen led the charge to stop the city’s ‘Resolution to Support Individual’s Rights to Health Care’.  What the resolution means is that women have the right to kill their unborn.  Killing a baby in the womb is not health care.  Killing a baby in the womb is not a “Right.” 

Women have been having babies since the beginning of time and pregnancy has always been considered a natural process.  The myths and lies that the media constantly feed its readers are:  They cannot have an abortion; they can in states where it is legal.  A woman will be imprisoned if she has an abortion; not true.  Treatment for miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies are considered abortions; this is not true.  Only the individual performing the abortion in Texas will be prosecuted. 

The speakers at the press conference were passionate about their stance and topic.  Among the speakers were Pastor Charles Flowers who spoke about the hypocrisy of the abortion industry and how by targeting black and brown communities are racist.    

Allen Parker of the Justice Foundation called on all plaintiffs’ attorneys in America, now that the protection of the constitution has correctly been withdrawn from the abortion industry, to sue abortion mills for millions of dollars in damages for lying about the “clump of cells” in the womb.  He also described the Baby Moses Law or Safe Haven Law that allows mothers to leave their baby at designated locations for adoption.  Parents can take their baby 60 days or younger to a hospital, fire station, or emergency medical services station in Texas.  He also emphasized that this is totally FREE!

Dr. Cathy Nix, Executive Director for the San Antonio Coalition for Life, said that whether or not the members of the city council agree, it is their responsibility to uphold our laws.  This resolution clearly supports abortion.  She stressed that no woman obtaining an abortion would be prosecuted under Texas law.  Treatment for miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy cannot be prosecuted.  Only those performing the abortion can be prosecuted.  She asked, “Why would the city seek doctors that work outside the law?”

Working with the mayor and council members, the resolution was drafted by Teri Castillo of District 5.  The Special Meeting to vote on the resolution took place on August 2, in city council chambers.   After hearing pros and cons for the resolution, council passed the resolution 9-2 supporting abortion rights, as expected.  It is not certain that this resolution can do anything legally as Texas is a prolife state.  

Only a miracle would have stopped the resolution from passing considering the political makeup of the council members. I do wonder if the presence of our Archbishop standing face to face with the demons would have made a difference.  Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller sent a letter on June 28, to the city council expressing his “dismay” at the proposed resolution.  He letter read in part:

I was dismayed to learn of the July 27 press conference on the steps of City Hall and the upcoming August 2 special City Council meeting to consider a resolution in support of “reproductive health care rights.”

According to media reports, the proposed resolution reads, “People have a basic human right to medical services and treatment, including abortion.” (My emphasis on the last two words.)

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated recently following Congressional passage of the deceptively named Women’s Health Protection Act, “Simply repeating the mantra that abortion is healthcare doesn’t make it so. Deliberately ending the lives of defenseless and voiceless human beings is the antithesis of healthcare.”

Precisely at a moment when the Church should be collaborating more closely with city officials on ways to prioritize the well-being of all people with both material resources and personal accompaniment, the time and energy put forth by our elected officials and civic staffers on resolutions such as the one proposed fail to increase or provide the vital resources women need to care for themselves and their children.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS

Archbishop of San Antonio

The concluding remarks from Mayor Nirenberg were total lies.  He told those in the chambers that abortion was a constitutional right and that the reversal of Roe was an attack on women of color.  That freedom is having reproductive rights.  He made it clear that no city funds would be used to investigate abortions and shared with other government entities in prosecuting anyone performing an abortion.  The councilwoman that drafted the resolution commented that abortion is and will never stop being healthcare and will always be health care!

In other words, the City of San Antonio is going to willfully defy the majority of Texans as expressed by legislative enactment.  The Austin City Council passed the Grace Act supporting access to abortion.  There will be more Progressive cities that will try and defy our Texas law.

Under Texas Law Texas’s Human Life Protection Act:

We now know with certainty that the Act takes effect on August 25, 2022. The Act provides that a “person may not knowingly perform, induce, or attempt an abortion” unless the mother has “a life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising from a pregnancy that places [her] at risk of death or poses a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function unless the abortion is performed or induced.”

Updated Post-Roe Advisory Upon Issuance of Dobbs Judgment (07.27.2022).pdf (

It appears that Joe biden and his administration are obsessed with killing the unborn.  Today again he signed yet another Executive Order stating:

However, the continued advancement of restrictive abortion laws in States across the country has created legal uncertainty and disparate access to reproductive healthcare services depending on where a person lives, putting patients, providers, and third parties at risk and fueling confusion for hospitals and healthcare providers, including pharmacies.  There have been numerous reports of women denied health- and life-saving emergency care, as providers fearful of legal reprisal delay necessary treatment for patients until their conditions worsen to dangerous levels.  There are also reports of women of reproductive age being denied prescription medication at pharmacies — including medication that is used to treat stomach ulcers, lupus, arthritis, and cancer — due to concerns that these medications, some of which can be used in medication abortions, could be used to terminate a pregnancy.  Reportedly, a healthcare provider, citing a State law restricting abortion, even temporarily stopped providing emergency contraception.

As it remains the policy of my Administration to support women’s access to reproductive healthcare services, including their ability to travel to seek abortion care in States where it is legal, I am directing my Administration to take further action to protect access to reproductive healthcare services and to address the crisis facing women’s health and public health more broadly.

After the passage of the “Abortion Rights” resolution, Von Dohlen spoke freely about what happened in city chambers.  He stated that, “The City of San Antonio Mayor and Council  majority are ideologically committed to elective abortion. They exhibited their disordered agenda in their neglect of scientific facts that abortion is not healthcare and their promotion of a non-existent right that hurts people and makes them more dependent on the government.

A great window into this Special Council Session is that it was called to make a direct statement right out of the Council July Summer Break in a first-ever Tuesday Session that did not begin with an invocation prayer. The passage of the resolution was designed to embolden government power distant from God, condone selfish pleasures without responsibility, and create an environment that anyone who tells you that you're harming yourself or another person, is inconveniently in your way and it’s okay for you to attack or even kill them. If it's legal, it's got to be ok, right? No, there are numerous legal actions that are intrinsically immoral.

Civil authority should consider it a grave duty to acknowledge:

The dignity of human life and protect it,

The true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them,

To safeguard public morality, and

Promote domestic prosperity.”

We must continue to bring truth to the forefront in every way possible.  We must continue to fight this administration and their insatiable appetite for the blood of the unborn.  We must stand strong and fight for the human rights of the unborn child in the womb. We must muster up the courage to use our voice for the good of the American people and our beloved Texas.



Never Give Up!




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