A small West Texas town recently took a proactive step to protect the preborn, and its leadership is not concerned about the prospect of the new ordinance getting challenged in court.
Mayor Scott Ragle of Ackerly, population around 250, tells One News Now why the city council unanimously passed an ordinance banning abortion clinics from the city limits.
"We thought Well, we're a small town. We don't want to be the place where people could go for abortions, because it definitely goes against core values that most people in our community have," Mayor Ragle relays. "So it was just being proactive to make sure that somebody couldn't come in and create a business like that in our community."
Nearby Lubbock is currently fighting to get and keep Planned Parenthood out of the city. If that effort succeeds, then the abortion giant will be looking for another location, perhaps in a small town within driving distance to Lubbock.
"You can't keep somebody from having an abortion if they choose to do that," Ragle recognizes. "But they're going to have to go some distance to do so. We just want to make sure that it's never in Ackerly, because if somebody with deep pockets comes in and buys some land and puts up a facility, that'll do it."
As for a legal challenge, the argument is that if a town can bar "adult entertainment" facilities, bars, and liquor stores, then it can do the same to abortion clinics.