Citizens of Lubbock, Texas, voted today to make their town a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. With the passage of Proposition A, abortion will be illegal within Lubbock city limits. Lubbock is by far the largest city yet to pass this life-saving ordinance.
This is a tremendous victory for the people of Lubbock and all of Texas!
In September 2020, Lubbockites petitioned the Lubbock City Council to pass an ordinance making the community a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Despite the calls from activists and locals, and the announcement that Planned Parenthood would begin committing abortions in 2021 within Lubbock city limits, the mayor and city council torpedoed the effort. Pro-Life Lubbockites therefore gathered enough petition signatures to have a referendum on the ordinance during this local election.
Lubbock is the largest city in a growing movement of Texas cities, now numbering 23, to prohibit abortion within city limits. The initiative even spread to other states, including Nebraska.
The Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance passed today is pertinent and enforceable, challenging Planned Parenthood’s presence within Lubbock. Abortionists will be liable to civil lawsuits and criminal penalties upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Under this ordinance, women who may be seeking abortions are protected from any penalties and are in no way criminally nor civilly liable.
Texas Right to Life celebrates this Pro-Life victory and applauds the dedicated and inspiring work of activists, local leaders, and Lubbock citizens who brought the ordinance forward, pushed for a vote, and shepherded the Pro-Life policy across the finish line. Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), Raiders Defending Life, Mark Lee Dickson, and so many others were instrumental in this effort. Meanwhile, Texas Right to Life will continue our work to end abortion statewide through the Texas Abolition Strategy, which will accomplish this goal by 2025. With one month left in the 87th Legislature, Texas lawmakers still have time to build on this Pro-Life win.