The Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement continues to sweep across the Lone Star State. In recent weeks, the cities of Poynor, Levelland, Sundown, and Sterling City all voted to become Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn. Texas now has 28 cities with enforceable ordinances that ban elective abortion within the city limits.
Poynor, a city of 314 about 30 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, became the 25th Texas municipality now enforcing the ordinance after Abernathy. Then, within one day of each other, Levelland and Sundown also passed the Pro-Life policy, increasing the movement in West Texas.
The City Council of Levelland, a city of 13,929, passed the ordinance unanimously after first reading in May. Therefore, Pro-Lifers expected the ordinance to pass in June, which occurred on June 7, again with a unanimous vote.
According to the Levelland and Hockley County News, no citizens spoke against the ordinance at the May meeting, and 19 people spoke in favor of protecting innocent preborn Life. City council member Jim Myatt said, “I think this is what 99.9 percent of Levelland is going to say.”
Myatt noted that the city attorney’s hesitation at passing the ordinance was unfounded. Officials from other cities that have passed the ordinance have stated unequivocally that banning abortion has not resulted in burdensome litigation, as some fear. Additionally, Myatt noted that a law firm, Mitchell Law, offered to represent Levelland at no cost if the Pro-Life measure was the subject of legal action. This is the firm of Jonathan F. Mitchell, the former Solicitor General of Texas, who has offered to represent other cities that have also passed the ordinance.
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The following day, Sundown, Texas, a city of 1,397, passed the ordinance as well. Sundown’s Mayor Jonathan Strickland said at the meeting, “God has chosen us for a time such as this, I am proud that my community and our council stand behind the right to life.”
Sterling City, 43 miles northwest of San Angelo, passed the ordinance on June 22.
The movement continues to gain momentum. On the other side of the state, the city of Edinburg has a growing number of citizens committed to passing a Pro-Life ordinance to ensure the protection of Life at every stage. On June 27, 2021, Pro-Lifers in Edinburg gathered for a day recognizing the efforts to protect Life from conception to natural death. These Pro-Lifers will hold the city council to the commitment to pass the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance in Edinburg.
These strong Pro-Life protections gaining support in communities across our state represent the Pro-Life values of the majority of Texans. As Congress introduces legislation that would make abortion legal across the entire United States for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy, grassroots activism in defense of Life has never been more important. If we ban the abortion industry from entering our communities, we can ensure that in our towns Life will be respected and protected at every stage.
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