A small community in eastern Texas has come together to push for life, making history and sending a message to the abortion industry.
The town of Waskom sits along Interstate 20, adjacent to the border with Louisiana and less than 30 minutes from Shreveport, Louisiana, which has had notorious abortion clinics. Waskom's city leaders have passed a resolution declaring the town of 2,200 a "sanctuary city" for unborn babies, making it the first city in the state to do so. In addition, the community passed an ordinance prohibiting abortions and abortion clinics in the town.
According to Tom Mittler of Right to Life of East Texas, one factor in the city's decision might have been that an abortion clinic could be closing in nearby Shreveport.
"[There are] some pretty strong indications that they're looking to move out of the state – and Waskom is just across the state line, west of Shreveport," he describes. "And there are some indications that they were making plans to open some sort of a facility there. So this is looked at as a preemptive move to keep that from happening."
Randy Thomas, who heads Operation Save America, spoke before the Wascom city council. He tells OneNewsNow that the view of local residents was well represented.
"They packed out that little room and they stood in solidarity with the Lord [and] with the little ones and [they] really encouraged their city council to make a righteous and just stand against the murder of God's little babies," says Thomas. "It was electrifying, honestly – it was electrifying."
The crowd cheered when the unanimous vote was announced, then gathered outside afterwards to praise God and pray for the city's elected officials.
OneNewsNow also spoke with Dr. Ivy Shelton, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Wascom.
"I believe it's a great thing that we have declared ourselves – by both resolution and ordinance – to be a sanctuary city for the unborn," the pastor shares. "We want Waskom to be a city where there's never an abortion clinic or abortion services provided. We think that accords with just good morality and [with] scripture."
Some legal difficulties remain to be worked out with the ordinance passed by the city council.