Date nears for TX city to vote on pro-life 'sanctuary'

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

I Vote Pro-Life (woman holding sign)A Texas city full of pro-lifers is preparing to declare their community pro-life territory over the objections of their city council members.

After the Lubbock City Council turned down an effort last year to adopt an ordinance declaring the city a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” the community went to work to put the matter before voters.

That vote is now coming soon, May 1.

The ordinance states that abortion is not legal in the city limits, which was viewed by some public officials as a legally dubious claim that invites lawsuits, though many other municipalities have adopted it.

The ordinance is "unconstitutional, unenforceable, and costly," City Councilman Randy Christian, who said he opposes abortion, told pro-lifers at a public hearing last year. 

One News Nows reported on the controversy last November, when pro-lifers witnessed city leaders ignore their pleas after the five-hour public hearing.

After the city council vote, the community began scrambling to gather enough signatures for a voter-driven election.

Jim Baxa of West Texas for Life tells One News Now that Lubbock is a conservative, pro-life city where the city council nonetheless voted 7-0 to turn down the pro-life declaration.

City council member Latrelle Joy, in fact, complained to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that people were quoting scripture during the public hearing, and she admonished them to remember the “separation of church and state.”

Lubbock citizens quickly obtained more than 7,000 signatures to place the issue on a ballot in the city of approximately 253,800 Texans.

According to Baxa, numerous churches have stepped forward to support the ballot initiative, which he calls an unusual display of courage due to the heated, hot-button issue of abortion.

“Sometimes churches that you don't think of as pro-life leaders, they're jumping to the front,” he says. “Pastors are making announcements, and they're excited to be in the front lines of stopping abortion in Lubbock and, eventually, in the rest of the country.”

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