Round 1 goes to the ACLU

Friday, July 19, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant woman handA Texas mayor remains hopeful his city will take a future stand to protect preborn babies.

Christopher Perricone, the mayor of Mineral Wells, tells OneNewsNow he felt led to introduce a resolution Tuesday declaring the town a "sanctuary city for the unborn," taking the lead from Waskom, Texas, city council. That ordinance outlawed abortion within its city limits. But just before the resolution was to be considered, Perricone received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas suggesting it would be illegal, unconstitutional and – potentially – expensive if lawsuits resulted.

"Well, I don't know if [the ACLU is] upset or just trying to rattle their sabre and try and scare off some of the council members, which evidently they did a good job in doing that," says the mayor.

That's because city council members voted it down 5-2.

Perricone

"And I guess what they stated in brief is that it had a lot to do with the fear of a lawsuit and the fear of what it would cost," Perricone adds.

The mayor considers the ACLU's threat of a lawsuit and its reasoning to be weak. But he emphasized that he understands one might very well pay a price for standing for what's right. "Not that I would want to go into a lawsuit, but I wouldn't fear it – especially when I believe we're standing on the right side of this," he shares.

Perricone is hopeful other cities around the country will become sanctuary cities for the preborn and thereby create a groundswell of support on the life issue. And he hopes to bring it up again to the Mineral Wells City Council before his term ends in ten months.

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