Lubbock Becomes ‘Sanctuary City For the Unborn’
Lubbock voters went to the polls last Saturday to vote on several issues, but the one main issue was to approve or turn down a measure to outlaw abortion in the city.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, it was put to the citizens of Lubbock to vote to make Lubbock a "sanctuary city for the unborn" after city council rejected the proposal last year knowing that it would be unenforceable and would open up the city for legal battles that they did not want to deal with.
The proposition was approved by voters by a 62% margin but it is unknown when the proposition would go into effect.
The vote came at a time when Republican-controlled cities and states are passing measures in the hopes that the Supreme Court will overturn it's 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade.
Abortion services have been available in Lubbock at a Planned Parenthood clinic that was opened last year.
Mineral Wells backed down from a similar proposal in 2019 when the American Civil Liberties Union told council members the move was unconstitutional.
That means the ALCU will more than likely take legal action against the new proposal.
“The ACLU has a long history of challenging unconstitutional abortion bans and will continue to fight to protect the fundamental rights of the people of Lubbock," said attorney Drucilla Tigner.
There is no word of when the City of Lubbock will start enforcing the new proposal but Planned Parenthood officials have stated they will continue to provide services for the Lubbock community as long as the law will allow.