East Mountain, Texas, became the state's 14th city to outlaw abortion, declaring itself a "Sanctuary for the Unborn."
The city council Monday voted 3-2 to approve the pro-life ordinance that affirms that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve the full protection of the law.
Mark Lee Dickson, director of East Texas Right to Life and leader of the Sanctuary for the Unborn initiative, praised the city's decision and thanked local church leaders and residents for their support.
"Because the City of East Mountain passed this ordinance, abortion is now prohibited by city law in East Mountain, Texas!" Dickson said. "May all of our churches and all the residents of our cities do their part and call upon their leaders to pass good laws that protect the citizens and culture of their communities! As it says in Amos 5:15, may we all ‘Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the city gate.'"
The ordinance bans abortions within city limits and prevents abortion clinics from opening there. Although the ordinance penalizes physicians for aborting babies, it does not punish women who seek or have abortions.
The "Sanctuary for the Unborn" ordinance states:
"The Supreme Court erred in Roe v. Wade, when it said that pregnant women have a constitutional right to abort their unborn children, as there is no language anywhere in the Constitution that even remotely suggests that abortion is a constitutional right... constitutional scholars have excoriated Roe v. Wade for its lack of reasoning and its decision to concoct a constitutional right to abortion that has no textual foundation in the Constitution or any source of law."
? Despite abortion activists' attempts to thwart the state's ongoing effort to ban abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union dropped a lawsuit in May that challenged seven of the cities' ordinances, marking a huge victory for pro-lifers.