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The five member city council of Waskom, Texas, has declared the small town a “sanctuary city,” but not for illegal aliens, for unborn children.
The vote took place before a packed house and was unanimously in favor of banning abortion and declaring pro-choice laws to be unconstitutional.
The ordinance says pro-abortion laws are “unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.”
Mark Lee Dickson, the East Texas Director of Right to Life, told WETK-TV that the vote was in response to the “fetal heartbeat bill” in Louisiana.
“So we decided to take things into our own hands, and that we have got to do something to protect our cities, and to protect the unborn children,” said Dickson.
Supporters say they don’t want people crossing the border from Louisiana into Waskom, which is a border town, in order to seek abortions.
The mayor warned the city’s residents that they would almost certainly face a lawsuit that they could not afford if they lost.
“Most likely we will end up getting sued if this passes,” Mayor Jesse Moore said, according to the Hill.
“It could go to the Supreme Court,” he added.
The city attorney also opined that the ordinance they passed is unconstitutional.
Here’s a news video about the vote In Waskom: