Texas Town Bans Abortions Within Its Borders, Wants ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

The council voted unanimously for this measure, yet some say it's unconstitutional — here are details

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Following nationwide controversy over the new laws passed by several states that ban abortions, a small town in Texas passed its own ordinance, despite the state’s lack of action joining suit in passing so-called heartbeat bills.

The city council of Waskom, Texas, voted unanimously to ban abortion within city limits.

In doing so, council members hope to create “a sanctuary city for the unborn.”

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Waskom, Texas, is situated near the border with Louisiana, a state that just passed an abortion bill banning most abortions after six weeks.

There are currently no facilities in Waskom that perform abortions, but following Louisiana’s passage of its abortion bill, officials grew concerned that outsiders might attempt to open a clinic within its city limits.

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The all-male council voted for preventative measures in order to avoid abortion providers from operating in Waskom.

The ordinance was well-received by many among Waskom’s roughly 2,220 people population.

Despite warnings from the mayor and attorneys that passing such an ordinance was unconstitutional and possibly costly should it be challenged, the council voted unanimously to ban abortions from being performed.

Exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergency were made.

Pro-life activists lobbied Waskom’s city council after describing their frustration that the state of Texas has not passed its own similar laws.

The city ordinance refers to the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that legalized abortion as “unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power.”

The ordinance was well-received by many among Waskom’s roughly 2,220 people population.

Angelina Newsom is a U.S. Army veteran and an OpsLens contributor. She served 10 years in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She studies criminal justice and is still active within the military community. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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