Abernathy added to list of abortion-free zones

Monday, May 17, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

I Vote Pro-Life (woman holding sign)A town in West Texas has become the latest to ban abortion from its limits.

Abernathy, Texas is now the 25th city in Texas and the 27th in the nation to ban abortion and abortion clinics from its city limits. Listening to American Family Radio seven months ago, City Manager Joe Hines starting thinking about Abernathy possibly passing such an ordinance. But it was Bryan Fischer's program on the network that pumped additional energy in the idea.

"Recently I was listening on the 1:00 hour, and one of my council members was also listening at the same time. And my council member called," Hines shares. "I was thinking in my mind, 'How am I going to get this passed? I might want to talk to him,' and he called me and said, 'I want to see if we can get this passed.'"

The measure went on to receive unanimous support. One concern that brought it about was nearby Lubbock, whose voters approved an abortion ban May 1st, even though the town has a Planned Parenthood facility. So Abernathy wanted to ensure that the abortion provider would not set up shop within its limits.

"We didn't want them here," Hines reports. "They can go outside our city limits and build a building if that's what they want to do, but we can only control our city."

As for what the new ordinance allows if an abortionists does set up shop, the city manager says, "It's a private punishment thing. Any citizen could sue the abortionist or the clinic for doing so."

There is no punishment for any Abernathy woman who does have an abortion.

Hines praises God for the ordinance passing.

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