Another city has drawn a line in the sand to ban abortion and become a pro-life “sanctuary city” that defies federal mandates.
The city of Lubbock, Texas voted to ban abortion within city limits over the weekend, joining a handful of other Texas cities that have done the same. Lubbock is the largest of about two dozen towns to pass the measure in recent years.
“Lubbock has shown our Texas GOP legislators that the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priority to abolish the murder of unborn babies in Texas is achievable,” said Allen West, Chairman of the Texas Republican party.
Lubbock’s city council voted unanimously against the measure at a council meeting in November of last year, but supporters of the ordinance gathered enough signatures to put the ordinance to a city wide vote, which approved the abortion ban with 62% support.
Lubbock is just one of multiple towns to become a “sanctuary city” on this issue. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against seven other Texas towns last year for banning abortion.
Opponents indicated the city’s decision is likely in for a heated legal battle.
“The ACLU has a long history of challenging unconstitutional abortion bans and will continue to fight to protect the fundamental rights of the people of Lubbock,” said Drucilla Tigner, Policy and Advocacy Strategist at the ACLU of Texas.
Lubbock’s decision and the upcoming legal battle are just one of countless battles on the contentious social issue around the nation. Pro-life groups cite this and other victories as a growing grassroots movement.
“There have been unprecedented pro-life legal gains in the last few years,” Lila Rose, Founder of Live Action, wrote on Twitter, adding that there have been “530+ pro-life bills were introduced in 2021” and “61 pro-life were enacted in 2021.”
“Planned Parenthood’s research arm admits 2021 is ‘the most devastating’ yet to abortion,” she said.