City Votes to Make Itself a “Sanctuary City” for Unborn Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 18, 2019   |   7:39PM   |   Roswell, New Mexico

A New Mexico city voted to become a “sanctuary” for unborn babies last week in response to pro-abortion Democrats’ push to expand late-term abortions.

The resolution came as state lawmakers considered a bill to keep abortions legal for basically any reason up until birth, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The bill passed the state House but narrowly failed in the Senate last week in a surprising vote.

Roswell Daily Record reports the Roswell City Council responded with a resolution declaring their city a sanctuary for unborn babies; it passed in a 7-1 vote Thursday.

The resolution states that “innocent human life” deserves to be protected, and “life” is the “first declared right” in the Declaration of Independence. It supports “adoption as an alternative to abortion,” as well as resources to “ease the burden of adoption.”

The council members also supported conscience protections for medical workers by recognizing the “rights of healthcare providers to object on moral grounds to performing abortions” in the resolution.

Several council members spoke strongly for the rights of unborn babies, but one of the most moving testimonies came from Councilwoman Angela Moore, who became pregnant as a teenager and made an adoption plan for her twins, according to the report.

“And was it difficult?” Moore said. “Yes, but my point about this is that you have the option — and that’s why I agreed to adding to this. The information on adoption is expensive and all that … (adoption) it was an option of choice that we have as women. So this is a sad situation, that we’ve come to a place where they don’t think a life is a life, but at that age, I don’t think I knew any better. And until someone gave me a choice, an option, I thought that was my only option and so this is an important situation for me …”

The city council’s actions represent a growing public outcry against radical pro-abortion laws being pushed across America.

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The New Mexico bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joanne Ferrary, would have repealed a statute from the 1960s that prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life. The statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade. Without the statute, New Mexico would have allowed unborn babies to be aborted without restriction, even after Roe is overturned. The bill also would have repealed conscience protections for medical workers who object to abortion.

Prior to the New Mexico Senate vote, pro-life groups presented the signatures of more than 22,000 New Mexicans urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, and hundreds more pro-lifers gathered at the Capitol to protest.

Similarly, in New York state, the Batavia City Council is considering a resolution to condemn the new state pro-abortion law.

The New York law allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason before viability and up to birth for “health” reasons, a broad category that includes basically anything. It redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.” The law also removes state protections for infants born alive in botched abortions.

It poses serious dangers to women’s lives and rights as well. By removing protections from illegal abortions, the law will open the door for abuses. Back alley abortionists, abusive partners or parents and others no longer will face charges for illegally killing an unborn baby – even if the mother wants her child.

A recent national poll by Marist University found that a majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions. Similarly, a poll released in February found a sharp, double-digit uptick in the number of Americans who identify as pro-life after pro-abortion Democrats began pushing abortions up to birth and infanticide.

Despite the public opposition, the Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island legislatures are considering similar pro-abortion legislation this year.