New billboards in a small east Texas city declare that women “need” to be able to abort their unborn babies to be free.
The Houston Chronicle reports abortion activists erected the billboards in Waskom last week in defiance of the city council, which recently declared their home a “sanctuary city for the unborn.”
The billboards say “Abortion is freedom” and direct women to needabortion.org, a website with information about abortion clinics in Texas and groups that help women pay to abort their unborn babies.
“The Waskom City Council pulled a dangerous political stunt that was deliberately designed to shame and confuse patients seeking abortion care, and to intimidate abortion funds and advocacy organizations like ours,” said Amanda Beatriz Williams, executive director of the Lilith Fund.
Her group and NARAL Texas paid for the billboards, according to the report. The groups arranged to have their pro-abortion message erected ahead of Independence Day, when road traffic is heavy; it can be seen along I-20.
In June, city council members said their pro-life ordinance is a preventive measure that they hope will keep abortion businesses out of their area.
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Waskom is not far from the border of Louisiana, which recently passed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. City leaders said they do not want abortion businesses to try to open in their city to attract women from across the border.
The ordinance says Roe v. Wade and other laws permitting abortion are “unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.”
“We decided to take things into our own hands, and we’ve got to do something to protect our cities and to protect the unborn children,” said Mark Lee Dickson, director of the Right to Life with East Texas, according to KTAL.
Several other cities made similar declarations this year. Roswell, New Mexico city leaders passed their pro-life resolution in March after state lawmakers considered a radical pro-abortion bill to expand late-term abortions. The bill narrowly failed in the state Senate.
About a month later, the Riverton City Council in Utah passed a similar resolution, declaring the city a “sanctuary for the unborn.”