By Mary Margaret Olohan
A city council in Waskom, Texas, outlawed abortion procedures in Waskom Wednesday and declared the city a sanctuary city for the unborn.
The move was pushed by Right to Life of East Texas and precedes another bill Texas lawmakers are pushing which would require doctors to care for babies born alive in botched abortions. Abortions are not permitted in the state of Texas after 20 weeks, the Washington Post reports.
Waskom sits on the Texas and Louisiana border and is the first city in Texas to declare such measure, ThinkProgress reports. Pro-life Texans reportedly feared that recent anti-abortion Lousiana legislation might prompt abortion providers to cross the border to Texas.
“Congratulations Waskom, Texas for becoming the first city in Texas to become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” by resolution and the first city in the Nation to become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” by ordinance,” said Right To Life of East Texas Director Mark Lee Dickson in a Facebook post. “Although I did have my disagreements with the final version, the fact remains that abortion is now OUTLAWED in Waskom, Texas!”
“All organizations that perform abortions and assist others in obtaining abortions (including Planned Parenthood and any of its affiliates, Jane’s Due Process, The Afiya Center, The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equality, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Whole Woman’s Heath and Woman’s Heath Alliance, Texas Equal Access Fund, and others like them) are now declared to be criminal organizations in Waskom, Texas,” Dickson added.
Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore said that the city may likely get sued over the measure, according to the Washington Post.
“Most likely we will wind up getting sued if this is passed,” Moore said. “It could go to the Supreme Court.”
“We don’t have the possible millions of dollars that it would take to take it to that level,” added alderman Jimmy Dale Moore, who voted for the measure. “We can’t pay those kind of attorney’s fees. The city don’t have the money.”
But supporters of the bill are not worried about monetary issues, telling local media that “God will take care of them.”
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