Voters in three cities in Texas and Nebraska strongly approved local ordinances Tuesday that ban abortions and declare their communities to be sanctuaries for unborn babies.
In Texas, voters in Abilene approved a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance with 53 percent voting in favor and 47 percent against, KTAB News reports.
The action was especially significant because Abilene was the home of Sarah Weddington, one of the two pro-abortion lawyers who argued the case Roe v. Wade, which forced states to legalize abortion on demand.
“Many people are seeing this effort as a way that Abilene can redeem history …” Mark Lee Dickson, director Right to Life of East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, told LifeNews earlier this year.
The Abilene ordinance recognizes unborn babies as valuable human beings and prohibits abortions within city limits. It states: “We declare Abilene, Texas to be a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder unless the mother’s life is in danger.”
Voters in Athens, Texas, passed a very similar Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance on Tuesday, with 58 percent in favor to 42 percent opposed, KETK reports.
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Texas prohibits abortions state-wide, but the ordinances will provide added protections to unborn babies locally.
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, voters in Arnold also approved a pro-life ordinance that outlaws abortions within city limits, Dickson said. The vote was 60 percent in favor to 40 percent against.
Arnold is the fourth municipality in Nebraska to protect unborn babies by banning abortions, Dickson said. Currently, abortions are legal in the rest of Nebraska.
A growing grassroots movement is working to protect unborn babies at the local level. To-date, 54 cities in Texas, Ohio, Nebraska and New Mexico have passed Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances that protect unborn babies by banning abortions and/or abortion facilities within city limits.
Other cities and counties have passed pro-life resolutions, which are statements of support but not enforceable law, that recognize unborn babies’ right to life. In Arkansas, 19 counties and 10 cities and towns have passed pro-life resolutions, according to Family Council of Arkansas. Several North Carolina counties passed pro-life resolutions recently, too, and the New Mexico county commissioners of Otero approved a resolution in July condemning the pro-abortion laws in their state.