Lubbock, Texas Ballot Measure Would Ban Abortions, Protect Unborn Children

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 19, 2021   |   7:06PM   |   Lubbock, Texas

Early voting began Monday in the city of Lubbock, Texas on a pro-life ordinance that would ban abortions and declare the city a Sanctuary for the Unborn.

Everything Lubbock reports the pro-life ordinance may be the only issue on the ballot for some voters in the city. Early, in-person voting for the May election continues through April 27 in the city. The official election date is May 1.

Residents of Lubbock are trying to pass a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance after Planned Parenthood opened a new abortion facility there last fall. In November, the Lubbock City Council rejected the ordinance, but because of a citizen-led petition, residents will have the opportunity to approve it on the election ballot. The ordinance would protect unborn babies by banning abortions within the city limits.

As of Monday, 25 cities in Texas and Nebraska have passed Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinances and banned abortions. Mark Lee Dickson, director with Right to Life of East Texas and leader of the Sanctuary for the Unborn initiative, said even more cities are considering the pro-life ordinance this spring.

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According to the local news, Lubbock voters will be asked to approve the following language on the ballot: “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 ordinance is especially crucial now that unborn babies are being aborted in the city again.

On Thursday, Planned Parenthood announced that it is doing abortions in Lubbock, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. The city was abortion-free for almost eight years after an old Planned Parenthood facility closed in 2013.

Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, bragged about the abortion expansion in a statement, saying: “We want you to come here for care… Planned Parenthood is a trusted brand. We are experts in healthcare. We are experts in education.”

The proposed Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law. It prohibits abortions within city limits and prevents abortion businesses from opening there. The ordinance also penalizes abortionists for aborting unborn babies, but it does not penalize women who seek or have abortions.

“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 ordinance states.

Abortion activists have tried to stop the Sanctuary for the Unborn effort in Texas, but, last year, pro-lifers won a legal victory when the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinances in seven cities.

Previously, Dickson, a leader of the pro-life effort, said the ordinance was written to withstand a legal challenge. It includes a public enforcement mechanism and a private enforcement mechanism. The public enforcement mechanism establishes fines against the abortionist and anyone who helps with an abortion within city limits. However, it cannot be enforced until Roe v. Wade is overturned.

However, the private enforcement mechanism is immediate. It makes abortionists and those who help them “liable in tort to a surviving relative of the aborted unborn child, including the unborn child’s mother, father, grandparents, siblings or half-siblings,” meaning the abortionist can be sued for aborting the unborn child.

Other cities that have passed pro-life ordinances include Blue Hill and Hayes Center in Nebraska, and Murchison, GormanCarbonGrapelandNew HomeEast MountainWhitefaceWellsBig SpringRuskWaskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer and Westbrook in Texas.