Another Texas city has passed a local ordinance banning abortions and becoming a sanctuary city for unborn children.
Today, the City Commission of Eastland, Texas unanimously passed the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance. This local policy bans abortion, prevents the abortion industry from doing business within city limits, and is immediately enforceable.
The Central Texas town of nearly 4,000 is now the 30th active Sanctuary City for the Unborn in Texas, and the 31st city to have passed such an ordinance.
“This ordinance does not penalize women who seek or undergo abortion; rather, the policy holds those who profit from taking the child’s life, such as the abortionist and those who aid and abet in the abortion, solely responsible,” says Texas Right to Life. “The Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance works simultaneously within the confines of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, current Texas law, and the authority of individual cities to protect their residents by stepping in where the state and federal governments have failed.
“Texas is a constant target for the abortion industry. Texas Right to Life applauds the efforts of Eastland’s Pro-Life citizens in bold defense of Life, and urges other cities across Texas to join the growing movement to protect women and preborn children. If you are interested in following Eastland’s lead, click here to find out how to make your town the next Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” the pro-life group added.
Eastland joins join approximately 35 other cities in Texas, Nebraska and Ohio with ordinances that ban abortions within city limits.
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To date, two cities in Nebraska, one in Ohio and 31 in Texas (one has since rescinded its measure) have passed pro-life ordinances through the Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement. Cities and a county in Florida and other states also are considering ordinances this year.
Several cities faced lawsuits by pro-abortion groups, but none of the legal challenges have succeeded. Earlier this summer, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood challenging the Lubbock, Texas ordinance. Lubbock is the first city with an abortion facility to pass a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, and Planned Parenthood stopped aborting unborn babies on June 1 when it went into effect.
Seven other Texas cities won another victory in 2020 when the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging their pro-life ordinances.