Ten small Texas towns have voted to declare themselves "sanctuary cities for the unborn" in recent months, a growing pro-life trend that mimics other, liberal American cities which have declared themselves to be "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants.
The 10 pro-life towns have adopted ordinances to outlaw abortion within city limits, and at least 13 other cities are considering such a move. CNN reports:
The language of the ordinances varies from city to city. Some, including the ones passed by Waskom and Joaquin, define abortion as "murder with malice aforethought," ban emergency contraception such as Plan B, declare organizations like Planned Parenthood as criminal and fine medical providers who perform abortions.
Mark Lee Dickson, the activist behind the Sanctuaries For the Unborn movement and the director of Right to Life of East Texas, said:
"For so long, we have put our hope in our state capitols, in our nation's Capitol, when all along we need to be battling these battles on the home front of our cities. If an abortion clinic moves into our city, it's not Austin's problem, it's not Washington D.C.'s problem, it's our problem. It's going to affect our communities, so that's why we've got to stand up and proactively do something."