Breathing better after the passage of Tobacco21? To be consistent, the City of San Antonio needs to raise all carcinogens and abortions to age 21. The number of minority girls under age 21 and they’re under age 21 babies will be spared harm and even immediate human death.
Will the City now restrict all carcinogens for people under 21? Will the City now restrict abortion up to age 21?
Tobacco21 passed at the SA City Council today. SA is the first city in the state of Texas to pass it. The Texas Legislature refrained from passing it in 2017 to avoid legislating adulthood. While it might feel good to some, 18 is the legal age to join the military, be drafted and vote. This new ordinance defies common sense. There is a myriad of contradictions that the City is guilty on show this Council’s progressive ideology. What other Level One carcinogens does the City fail to protect those under 21 from? What other harmful lifestyle choices does the City fail to protect those under 21 from? What other harmful lifestyle choices does the City actually promote? There are many. Do you know them?
The only rational argument that could be made here would have to be predicated upon government run healthcare in which taxpayers paid for everyone to be a part of socialized medicine. Then the government might argue it had a right to legally regulate people’s lifestyle choices. Then ANYTHING unhealthy would need to be made illegal as unhealthy lifestyle choices inevitably drive up healthcare costs. That would be another unjust burden on taxpayers. This is not the case fortunately.
Is the City going to regulate unhealthy soda water drinks and their cups sizes next? Is the City going to regulate fried foods?
SA has an obesity problem. What is SA going to regulate to improve people’s health and overcome obesity.
Is this City decision consistent?
Did you know that the City actually distributes THREE (3) other forms of Level One carcinogens via the Adolescent Healthcare Ordinance (Medicaid 1115 Waiver Program) to poor teen girls? By the way, teen girls means that they are under 21… So why can the City give (via taxpayer dollars) give out three types of carcinogens but teens can’t buy another type of carcinogen?
Did you know that the City of San Antonio and its departments condones sex before marriage as health if a condom or other contraceptive is used? Ever heard of the City’s WrapCity campaign? Search it for yourself with the SA Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD). So why can the city restrict those under 21 from buying a carcinogen but condone (and in some cases, encourage) participation in other harmful lifestyle choices that harm most people, especially those under 21?
Did you know carcinogens cause various cancers?
Did you know that the City enables “Planned Parenthood South Texas” to skirt five objective local zoning laws to open its new abortion facility within 50 feet of family homes? The one controllable factor leading to breast cancer is elective surgical abortion? In 2015, the City made it easier for women and girls under 21 to procure a surgical abortion?
This becomes intellectually dishonest and politically expedient towards political correctness. The City needs to get back to the basics of public safety and infrastructure like roads and street repair to improve our quality of life. This is a parental issue and the City is not the parent. At age 18 and above, people have their free will to do good or do bad. It’s their responsibility to live out their choices. It’s called personal accountability.
We already have an escalating crime issue? This can drive up the petty crime rate. Some under 21 will be made criminals for buying tobacco products. Local officials are reducing the action taken on criminal marijuana incidents and now local officials are increasing the legal age for tobacco and criminalize 18-20-year olds. Tobacco is a Level One Carcinogen and unhealthy, but marijuana/weed is even worse, and it is a gateway drug that is addictive and opens people up to harder and harder drug experimentation.
Current City business is off track. Encourage your elected officials to get back to the basics and be consistent in application of policy.
These progressive elected officials voted for Tobacco21: Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilman Roberto Trevino (District 1), Councilman William Cruz Shaw (District 2), Councilman Rebecca Viagran (District 3), Councilman Rey Saldana (District 4), Councilman Shirley Gonzales (District 5), Councilman Ana Sandoval (District 7), Councilman Manny Palaez (District 8) and Councilman John Courage (District 9).
The only two opposition votes were cast by Councilman Greg Brockhouse (District 6) and Councilman Clayton Perry (District 10).
It is worth noting that in 2015 after “Planned Parenthood South Texas” improperly secured their new Ambulatory Surgical Center abortion business next to a residential neighborhood, an abortion facility restriction ordinance called the Gallagher Amendment was taken through a long process and passed on December 17, 2015. It was passed to prevent another future abortion facility to be able to move in adjacent to family homes. The people who voted against this prudent ordinance were Ron Nirenberg (then District 8 Councilman), Roberto Trevino (D1), Rey Saldana (D4), Shirley Gonzales (D5), and William Cruz Shaw (then Zoning Commission Chairman who voted on it when the amendment came before the Zoning Commission in the process). To her credit, Rebecca Viagran voted for the Amendment.
On September 21, 2017, the Adolescent Healthcare Ordinance under a Medicaid 1115 Waiver Program which uses taxpayer money to distribute the drugs, Depo Provera and Nexplanon and the IUD mechanical device, to poor teen girls who qualify for Medicaid to chemically sterilize them. Both drugs are very harmful to a girl’s body. After two year of use, Depo Provera causes irreversible bone density loss leading to the early onset of osteoporosis. The program was originally passed by the City Council on February 6, 2014.
The elected officials who voted for the City distribution of these drugs to females under 21 were Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilman Roberto Trevino (District 1), Councilman William Cruz Shaw (District 2), Councilman Rebecca Viagran (District 3), Councilman Rey Saldana (District 4), Councilman Shirley Gonzales (District 5), Councilman Ana Sandoval (District 7), Councilman Manny Palaez (District 8), Councilman John Courage (District 9) and Councilman Clayton Perry (District 10).
The only good and opposing vote was cast by Councilman Greg Brockhouse (District 6) who is considering a 2019 run for Mayor.
We are in Dream Week now. Keep MLK’s dream alive by preserving the health of a pregnant minor female and protecting an unborn minority child who is under age 21 too!
Patrick Von Dohlen heads the San Antonio Family Association, a non-profit association which educates on and advocates for family values in the local and regional community.