The Pro-Life Path Forged By 20 Texas ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Makes An Interesting Innovation

Written by Wes Walker on February 28, 2021

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When the Left pushed forward the idea of sanctuary cities to push forward their favorite policies, they could scarcely have believed that it would boomerang against one of their own most cherished policies.

But here we are, with ‘sanctuary city’ legislation being passed in pro-life states.

It may not do quite what some might assume, but what it DOES put into play is by no means insignificant.

Mayor Corey Hull, recalling his mother’s decision to choose life for him in difficult circumstances, led the City of Carbon on Monday in becoming the 20th Texas city to outlaw abortions.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance amid strong support from local residents. Carbon (population 348) is located about 60 southeast of Abilene.

…On Monday, Hull put his beliefs in action by supporting the Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance, which recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law. It prohibits abortions within city limits and prevents abortion businesses from opening there. The ordinance also penalizes abortion practitioners for aborting unborn babies, but it does not penalize women who seek or have abortions. –LifeNews

This is part of a larger trend throughout the Lone Star State.

The other Texas cities that have passed pro-life ordinances are Goldsmith, Grapeland, New Home, East Mountain, Whiteface, Wells, Big Spring, Rusk, Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer and Westbrook. Omaha also passed an ordinance but later retracted it and passed a non-enforceable resolution instead.

Residents of Lubbock also are trying to pass a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance after Planned Parenthood opened a new abortion facility there late last year. In November, the Lubbock City Council rejected the ordinance, but because of a citizen-led petition, residents will have the opportunity to approve the ordinance on the May election ballot.

Each ordinance includes a public enforcement mechanism and a private enforcement mechanism. The public enforcement mechanism establishes fines against the abortionist and anyone who helps with an abortion within city limits. However, it cannot be enforced until Roe v. Wade is overturned.

However, the private enforcement mechanism is immediate. It makes abortionists and those who help them “liable in tort to a surviving relative of the aborted unborn child, including the unborn child’s mother, father, grandparents, siblings or half-siblings,” meaning the abortionist can be sued for aborting the unborn child.

Abortion activists have tried to stop the Sanctuary for the Unborn effort, but, in May, the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging seven of the cities’ ordinances. –LifeNews

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