One of Texas’ largest cities could soon become the state’s 15th “sanctuary city for the unborn” if pro-life activists have their way.
With an estimated population of 260,823, Lubbock is the 11th largest city in the Lone Star State. On Aug. 25, state Sen. Charles Perry and state Reps. Dustin Burrows and John Frullo wrote a letter to Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope urging him to enact a sanctuary city ordinance that would ban abortion within city limits.
“The battlefield to protect the unborn has shifted from the state to the local arena in recent years,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “For that reason, passing an ordinance designating Lubbock as a Sanctuary City for the Unborn will help to continue the Texas belief that life begins at conception, while also protecting the safety of mothers.”
The proposed ordinance declares that: “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. … It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the city …”
The letter to Pope comes as Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, announced plans to open a new abortion clinic in Lubbock by the end of the year. “We respectfully request that the city of Lubbock take all necessary actions to prevent them from opening, since this organization profits off ending the lives of unborn children,” the lawmakers wrote.
Perry also launched a petition asking residents to “send a clear message that the abortion industry should not set up shop in our backyard.”
Two weeks after the lawmakers sent the letter to Pope, more than 200 Lubbock residents gathered outside of Lubbock’s Citizen’s Tower to express support for the proposed ordinance.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley