In the past month, two Texas cities passed ordinances outlawing abortion. The cities, New Home and Morton, joined 14 other Texas cities in making abortion illegal within city limits and codifying penalties for abortionists.
On September 29, the New Home City Council passed the ordinance. Residents of New Home, which is in West Texas outside of Lubbock, saw the ordinance as a way of protecting the preborn as the town braces for growth. New Home had 334 residents at the time of the 2010 census, and the city is growing rapidly and expected to continue growing in the years to come. Mark Lee Dickson reports, “With this growth, it was important for residents of their community to see the city take the necessary steps to make sure that a facility performing abortions never became a reality.”
Shane Fiedler, superintendent for the New Home Independent School Districts, explained, “I think the vote is an important step for our families and students of New Home. We are sending a message not just for today, but for 10, 20, 30 years in the future. We are taking a stand against abortion. It is time to call right right and wrong wrong.”
Another New Home resident, Brooke Brown, said, “Babies, no matter if they are in the womb or not, are living humans. It’s murder to kill them. God made them and wanted them here for a reason.”
In mid-October, the Morton City Council also passed an ordinance outlawing abortion, becoming the sixteenth Texas city to become a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Morton Mayor Kim Silhan spoke in favor of the ordinance, saying, “If a pregnant woman is murdered the killer is charged with double homicide, as in the case of Lacy Peterson and many others. As for me, my decision was cemented within me years ago. Life begins at conception, period.”
She continued, “Science backs up my beliefs, and aren’t we preached to daily by the media to listen to science? Most importantly, my Father and His Holy Word backs me up. In Exodus 20:13 it says, ‘Thou shalt not murder.’ It’s not excusable to stay silent and not speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Councilman Buckie Dobson said, “We are protecting our community by doing this. We are putting a barrier, a fence around our town here, saying, ‘This will not happen in Morton.’ We will stand up for the kids in this town. We will stand up so they can grow up and become adults and become future leaders of this town, this state, and of this nation.”
New Home and Morton join Texas cities Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer, Westbrook, Rusk, Colorado City, Gary, Big Spring, Wells, Whiteface, and East Mountain in outlawing abortion and penalizing the killing of the preborn. Omaha was the second Texas city to outlaw abortion, but after a frivolous lawsuit from abortion activists, the Omaha City Council opted to replace the law with a non-enforceable resolution. Pro-Lifers across Texas continue to combat specious legal attacks from the abortion mob, which is attempting to undermine the right of Texans to defend Life in their local communities.
Pro-Lifers in Lubbock, the largest city close to New Home and Morton, have worked tirelessly to make Lubbock a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. The fight to defend Life in Lubbock has become increasingly important as Planned Parenthood abortion business attempts to infiltrate the Pro-Life community.
As Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn continue to spread throughout Texas, Pro-Lifers are emboldened to seek legal protection for preborn babies in their own towns. When local Pro-Lifers pass laws banning abortion, they are barring Planned Parenthood from bringing lethal business to the place they live. One community at a time, Pro-Lifers are ensuring that Texas will be abortion-free and preborn lives protected by the law.