Five men outlaw abortion in a Texas town, declaring a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’

Five men outlaw abortion in a Texas town, declaring a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’

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Officials in Waskom, Tex., voted on Tuesday to ban abortion, which they say makes their town the first "sanctuary city for the unborn" in the Lone Star State. (Screen grab via YouTube) Five men this week declared a small town in East Texas a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” commandeering the language of the movement for immigrant rights to counter the reproductive freedom of women. There are no abortion clinics in Waskom, Tex., a city of about 2,200, which lies on the border with Louisiana. But the all-male, all-white city council decided unanimously on Tuesday that prohibiting abortion was necessary as a preventive measure. The municipal prohibition, which plainly contradicts the judgments of the U.S. Supreme Court, joins statewide bans on abortion sweeping the country in the wake of the solidification of a conservative majority on the nation’s top court. Supporters of the city ordinance say it is the first of its kind in the Lone Star State. [ In Alabama — where lawmakers banned abortion for rape victims — rapists’ parental rights are protected ] The legislation was modeled on a measure embraced 7-1 in March by the city council of Roswell, N.M., which is best known as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947. Roswell’s move to declare its support for “fetal life” was accompanied by a measure characterizing itself as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City,” in opposition to legislation advanced by the state legislature that expands background checks for private gun sales. Waskom residents […]

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