The city of Lubbock, Texas has become both the biggest city in the United States to establish sanctuary status for the unborn and the first to pass such legislation while there is an active abortion clinic within city limits.
The push to pass legislation banning abortion began when Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas announced plans to open a clinic in Lubbock, which has a population of roughly 253K, in 2020. The abortion giant previously operated a clinic in the city which closed in 2013 but has been working to expand facilities across the Lone Star State.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” the city ordinance states, Life News reports.
“The code of ordinances of the City of Lubbock shall be amended by enacting an ordinance outlawing abortion within the City of Lubbock, declaring Lubbock a sanctuary city for the unborn, making various provision and findings, providing for severability, repealing conflicting ordinances, and establishing an effective date.”
The legislation was drafted by Mark Lee Dickson of Right To Life of East Texas, according to Fox 44, who celebrated the 66% “yes” votes it received on a May 1 special election.
“This is a HUGE victory! Citizens of Lubbock, Texas, voted today to make their town a Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” the organization told Life News. “This means that abortion will be illegal in the town. Lubbock is by far the LARGEST city yet to pass this life-saving ordinance.”
“Pro-Life citizens like you petitioned the Lubbock City Council to pass an ordinance making the community a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Despite the calls from activists and locals, and the announcement that Planned Parenthood would begin committing abortions in 2021 within Lubbock city limits, the mayor and city council torpedoed the effort,” Texas Right to Life also said.
“The Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance that passed today is pertinent and enforceable, challenging Planned Parenthood’s presence within Lubbock. Abortionists will be liable to civil lawsuits and criminal penalties upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Under this ordinance, women who may be seeking abortions are protected from any penalties and are in no way criminally or civilly liable.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, vowed they would fight the measure in court, which they deemed “unconstitutional,” a pro-abortion talking point that simply refers to the Supreme Court precedence of Roe v. Wade.
In reality, Supreme Court precedence upholding civil rights violations’ have been overturned previously or rendered moot by constitutional amendments, such as Plessy v. Ferguson or the Dred Scott decision.
“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,” an official for ACLU Texas said of Lubbock’s rulings.
Of course, they did not specify the only people of Lubbock they’re determined to “protect” have already been born, and the “fundamental rights” they’re committed to protecting is the “right” to slaughter an unborn baby in the womb.
It is a poor civil rights organization that fights for the rights of one class of people to legally kill another, far weaker class.
This article has been corrected to reflect that the legislation was written by Mark Lee Dickson of Right To Life of East Texas.
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