The citizens of Lubbock, Texas took a strong stand for life in May when they overwhelmingly voted in favor of a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance.
The ordinance, which bans abortions within city limits, went into effect in June, and Planned Parenthood admitted this week that it has not done any abortions in the city since then, according to Everything Lubbock.
While much of the news attention right now is focused on the Texas heartbeat law, which bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, the local Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances also are saving lives. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the state heartbeat law, Senate Bill 8, late Wednesday, but the ruling does not apply to the local ordinances.
“The injunction applies to the application of SB 8 in Lubbock as in all other parts of Texas. But the issue is that the Lubbock ordinance, which bans abortion at all gestational ages, remains in place,” a Planned Parenthood spokesperson told the local news.
The billion-dollar abortion chain said it has not done any abortions in Lubbock since the city ordinance went into effect June 1.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging the pro-life ordinance, but a judge threw it out in June.
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Lubbock is the largest city in the U.S. – and the first with an abortion facility – to pass an ordinance to protect unborn babies from abortion. Its enforcement is good news for the future of unborn babies and for other cities that also hope to protect unborn babies through Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinances.
To date, nearly 40 cities in Texas, Nebraska and Ohio have passed the pro-life ordinances that ban abortions in their city limits. Though abortion activists have threatened legal action, the cities have been successful in court. In 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging pro-life ordinances in seven other Texas cities.
The 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 outlines legal consequences for abortionists who abort unborn babies. It does not penalize women who seek or have abortions, and it does not prohibit abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.
The ordinance has both public and private enforcement mechanisms. The public enforcement mechanism establishes fines against the abortionist and anyone who helps with an abortion within city limits, but 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.
To date, 36 cities in Texas, two in Nebraska and one in Ohio have passed pro-life ordinances to outlaw abortions. One city, Omaha, Texas, did repeal its ordinance and pass a non-enforceable pro-life resolution instead.