Lebanon, Ohio has become the first in the state to declare itself a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” and joins 16 cities in Texas and two in Nebraska to pass such an ordinance.
The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously – after one councilwoman resigned in protest—to approve an ordinance that makes it illegal to perform an abortion, provide funds for an abortion, or provide instructions on how to perform an abortion within city limits, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Those who are charged under the new law, which the mayor says will take effect immediately, can face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Women who seek abortions, however, are exempt from prosecution.
“We are clearly saying in our community we do not think it is in our best interest to open a clinic or a hospital that does abortions,” said Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said. “We are elected to make decisions based on what’s good for our community today.”
There are no active abortion clinics in the town of 20,000, yet Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio organizing director Stephanie Kollmann Baker denounced the city council for playing with resident’s lives.
“The residents of Lebanon deserve leaders who listen to the needs of community members rather than playing politics with people’s lives and health,” she said during Tuesday night’s eventful city council meeting.
Of course, “playing politics” in this case means protecting human life in the womb, which is the opposite of what Planned Parenthood does, and if the sanctuary cities for the unborn movement is successful at forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, the nationwide abortion giant would lose an awful lot of revenue.
Ohio Right to Life cheered the passage of the new ordinance and hope that other localities in the state follow suit.
Allie Frazier, spokeswoman for Ohio Right to Life, said they hope that abortion will be “not just illegal but unthinkable across our great state.”
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