New Home, Texas, has become the fifteenth city in both Texas and the nation to outlaw abortion within city limits. Other cities who have passed similar ordinances include Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer, Westbrook, Rusk, Colorado City, Gary, Big Spring, Wells, Whiteface, and East Mountain.
One of the many New Home residents in support of the ordinance is Superintendent for New Home Independent School District Shane Fiedler.
"I think the vote is an important step for our families and students of New Home," Fiedler said. "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."
The New Home Ordinance defines abortion as "the act of using or prescribing an instrument, a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to cause the death of an unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant." The ordinance says that it is not considered an abortion if the act is performed to "save the life or preserve the health of an unborn child, remove a dead, unborn child whose death was caused by accidental miscarriage, or remove an ectopic pregnancy."
The ordinance is made up of two mechanisms: a public, delayed enforcement and a private, immediate enforcement. The delayed enforcement mechanism requires the abortion doctor and anyone who aids and abets the abortion doctor for any abortion which takes place within New Home's city limits to pay fines.
The private enforcement portion of the ordinance says that "Any person, corporation, or entity that commits an unlawful [act] . . . other than the mother of the unborn child that has been aborted, shall be liable in tort to a surviving relative of the aborted unborn child, including the unborn child's mother, father, grandparents, siblings or half-siblings. The person or entity that committed the unlawful act shall be liable to each surviving relative of the aborted unborn child for: (a) Compensatory damages, including damages for emotional distress; (b) Punitive damages; and (c) Costs and attorneys' fees."
Since the outlawing of abortion in New Home, mayors and city council members throughout the area are looking into what they need to do so that their city can outlaw abortion.