Texas town votes to ban abortion, declaring itself ‘sanctuary of the unborn’

WASKOM, June 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The small eastern Texas town of Waskom voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban most abortions within its jurisdiction and declare itself a “sanctuary city of the unborn” amid a packed city council meeting.

The Waskom City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning abortion within the city, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother’s life, ArkLaTex Homepage reports, as well as a resolution declaring Waskom a sanctuary for preborn babies. Supporters say the exceptions were a necessary compromise to hopefully get the ordinance to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

The measures passed to the cheers of community members in attendance. Some expressed concern about the legal expenses of a likely lawsuit, which the city could not hope to cover, but supporters said it was worth the risk.

“We decided to take things into our own hands, and we’ve got to do something to protect our cities and to protect the unborn children,” declared Right to Life of East Texas director Mark Lee Dickson. The pro-life organization spearheaded the legislative push.