AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County commissioners approved a resolution to give full-time county workers eight weeks of paid parental leave on Tuesday. The county is among the first in the state to offer workers that benefit.

The resolution was sponsored by Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Commissioner Jeff Travillion, who said the approval came at an important time because of Monday night’s news of the leaked draft majority opinion that signaled the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Women’s right to choose when and how to start or not start a family is in jeopardy in our nation and in our state. Today’s action by the Travis County Commissioners Court demonstrates one of the many ways that we need local government entities to step up to do all that we can to support a woman’s right to choose and to support families,” Brown said Tuesday during a press conference.

Before Tuesday’s vote, the county previously only offered unpaid family and medical leave time for employees but not extended paid leave after birth, adoption or long-term medical issues. County commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 8 to move forward with the idea of offering fully-paid maternity and paternity leave.

“Pregnancy is not a disability, shouldn’t be treated as a disability in public policy. We understand what is happening around us in the state of Texas,” Commissioner Travillion said during Tuesday’s press conference. He said he’s a parent with three kids of his own as well as grandkids.

Travillion shared his oldest child had a daughter who was in the NICU for 172 days last year without this type of family medical leave, so he understands how important it is to have it.

“We understand that regular people are under attack, particularly our people of lower means. We have to make sure that we do everything possible and everything within our resources to take care of families,” Travillion continued.

He also echoed Brown’s sentiments that local governments and cities need start providing their employees with the resources for if and when they decide to start a family.

“As we see our federal government, part of our federal government, working hard to take protections of choice from women, as we look and see the most restrictive legislation in the country coming right from the Texas legislature, it has then come upon cities and counties to take care of the citizens who live around us,” Travillion said.

Brown and Travillion aren’t the only Travis County leaders sounding off on the possible overturning of federal protections for abortions.

Travis County District Attorney José Garza said on Twitter, “In Travis Co., we know our community is safer when women and families can make personal healthcare and reproductive decisions without interference from the state. I promise to continue fighting for the rights of women and to use my discretion to keep families safe.”