Texas conservative recommends dissolving Austin’s government for allowing women to make their own healthcare decisions

This week, Austin, Texas, became the first city in the country to approve public funding for abortion services, allocating $150,000 to family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood, according to The Texas Tribune:

“The Austin City Council on Tuesday amended next year’s budget and set aside $150,000 to supplement incidental expenses like travel, lodging, and childcare for women seeking the procedure. The money will not go directly toward the expense of the procedure itself.

“The amendment comes just days after a new state law prohibiting local and state governments from giving taxpayer dollars and some public resources to abortion providers and their affiliates went into effect. Senate Bill 22 was partially a legislative reaction to Planned Parenthood’s $1-per-year lease for its East Austin clinic, which abortion opponents called a ‘sweetheart rent deal’ with the city.

As you might expect in a state as conservative as Texas, the move the Austin City Council didn’t sit well with everyone, with Nicole Hudgens, policy director at the anti-abortion group Texas Values, remarking:

“It is appalling the city of Austin doubled-down on its policies to ‘save the trees, kill the children.”

And then there was the reaction from Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain (R) who said the state legislature should abolish the city government of Austin, making his suggestion on Twitter:

Cain was soon confronted with reminders on social media that his idea was nothing short of hypocritical, not to mention ridiculous:

Cain issued this amazingly uninformed retort to his critics:

That also drew howls of laughter and outrage:

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