According to Everything Lubbock, another Texas city unanimously approved on Monday, Dec. 13, an ordinance banning abortions within its territorial limits, making it another “sanctuary city” for unborn children.

The city council of the Texas city of Slaton made it the 39th city in Texas and the 43rd in the U.S. to take an essential step toward protecting lives in the womb by banning abortion. 

After the vote, Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life of East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, celebrated the outcome. At the same time, Slaton Mayor Clifton Shaw told the media outlet that they received no comments against the ordinance and further highlighted that he supports making adoption easier.

“I think this country is heading that way in most states,” Shaw said. “Sea turtles get more respect than a human fetus does in this country,” he opined.

He also clarified that he disagrees with abortion and would like to see adoption made more accessible because “There’s a lot of kids up there who deserve a family.”

The ordinances in the cities are saving the lives of thousands of babies. Although they are slightly different in each place, the goal is to prohibit the practice of abortion at any stage of pregnancy, whether or not there are abortion clinics there. 

In addition, it criminalizes people who aid, assists, or abet an abortion and prohibits abortion pills, treating their circulation in the city as a contraband drug. 

Among the other Texas cities to embrace life in Lubbock, an overwhelming majority passed the “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” ordinance on the ballot in May of this year. 

The abortion clinic Planned Parenthood challenged the ordinance, but a judge dismissed its lawsuit on June 1, according to Life Site News.

The media outlet also said that most ordinances have both public and private enforcement mechanisms.

Public enforcement provides for fines against the abortionist and anyone who abets an abortion within city limits. Still, the ordinance is unenforceable because it is overruled by federal law established in Roe v. Wade.

Instead, the private enforcement mechanism is immediate and makes abortionists and those who aid or abet an abortion liable and will be subject to the penalties imposed by the ordinance. 

So far, several Texas cities have successfully overturned challenges to abortion clinics. According to Life Site News, the American Civil Liberties Union withdrew its lawsuit challenging pro-life ordinances in several Texas cities in 2020.

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