SANCTUARY CITIES FOR
THE UNBORN

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June 11, 2019

1. WASKOM, TX

On June 11th, 2019 the City of Waskom became the first city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The ordinance passed 5-0. 

 

Population: 2,189

City Type: General Law A

County: Harrison

 

In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Waskom was the first city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund. While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU  to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Waskom amended their ordinance on March 11th, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 

 

The lawsuit did not cost the City of Waskom or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in  Waskom, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

4. JOAQUIN, TX

On September 17th, 2019 the City of Joaquin became the fourth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 5-0.

 

Population: 850

City Type: General Law A

County: Shelby

 

In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Joaquin was the third city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund. While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU  to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Joaquin amended their ordinance on March 17th, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 

 

The lawsuit did not cost the City of Joaquin or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in  Joaquin, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

7. WESTBROOK, TX

On November 14th, 2019 the City Council of Westbrook heard a first pitch encouraging an ordinance outlawing abortion to be passed within their city limits. 

 

On November 18th, 2019 the City of Westbrook became the seventh city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 3-0.

 

Population: 312

City Type: General Law C

County: Mitchell

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January 14, 2017

10. GARY CITY, TX

On October 17th, 2019 the City of Gary voted to table the Sanctuary City for the Unborn Ordinance. 

 

On January 16th, 2020 the Gary City Council voted to untable the ordinance and voted to become the tenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous.

 

Population: 311

City Type: General Law B

County: Panola

 

In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Gary was the sixth city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund.  While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Gary amended their ordinance on March 19th, 2020 and April 23rd, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 

 

The lawsuit did not cost the City of Gary or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in  Gary, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

13. WHITEFACE, TX

On March 12th, 2020 the City of Whiteface became the thirteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 3-2. 

 

Population: 312

City Type: General Law A

County: Cochran

 

The City of Whiteface was the only city to pass the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Ordinance during the time between the ACLU filing a lawsuit against seven Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn in February of 2020 and the lawsuit being withdrawn by the ACLU three months later in May of 2020.

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January 14, 2017

16. MORTON, TX

On October 12th, 2020 the City of Morton became the sixteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-0.

 

Population: 2,006

City Type: General Law A

County: Cochran

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January 14, 2017

19. GOLDSMITH, TX

On February 10th, 2021 the City of Goldsmith became the nineteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous. 

 

Population: 257

City Type: General Law A

County: Ector

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January 14, 2017

22.MURCHISON, TX

On March 9th, 2021 the City of Murchison, Texas became the twenty-second city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous. 

Population: 606

City Type: General Law A

County: Henderson

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January 14, 2017

25. BLUE HILLS, NA

On April 13th, 2021 the City of Blue Hill, Nebraska became the twenty-fifth city in the nation, and the second city in Nebraska, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 3-0.


Population: 941

City Type: Second Class City

County: Webster

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January 14, 2017

28. LEVELLAND, TX

On May 17th, 2021 the Levelland City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the passage of an ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. 

 

The second and final reading of the ordinance took place on June 8th, 2021 and passed unanimously making Levelland the thirtieth city in the nation, and the twenty-seventh city in Texas, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. 

 

Population: 14,582

City Type: Home Rule

County: Hockley

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September 9th, 2019

2.OMAHA, TX (RECANTED)

On September 9th, 2019 the City of Omaha became the first city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The ordinance passed 5-0. 


Population: 1,021

City Type: General Law B

County: Morris


Unfortunately, on October 14th, 2019, Omaha’s City Attorney attempted to “walk back” the city council from the ordinance and convinced them to adopt a non-binding resolution instead. Technically the ordinance was never voted down, but it was clear that was the desired intention of the majority of the council. The vote, which was to adopt a resolution in place of the ordinance, was 3-2. This made the City of Omaha the first in the nation to reject an ordinance outlawing abortion which they had previously passed. 

 

While we no longer recognize Omaha as a ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ and have placed them in the ‘Denying Sanctuary’ category, the City of Omaha will always be the second city to pass an ordinance outlawing abortion. Hopefully the City of Omaha will readopt an ordinance outlawing abortion in the near future.

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January 14, 2017

5. TENAHA, TX

On September 23rd, 2019 the City of Tenaha became the fifth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous.

 

Population: 1,160

City Type: General Law B

County: Shelby

 

In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Tenaha was the fourth city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund. While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU  to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Tenaha amended their ordinance on April 27th, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 

 

The lawsuit did not cost the City of Tenaha or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in  Tenaha, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

8. RUSK, TX

On July 23rd, 2019 the Gilmer City Council heard a first pitch encouraging an ordinance outlawing abortion to be passed within their city limits. 

 

On September 24th, 2019 the City of Gilmer became the sixth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-1 with two council members not present for the vote. 

 

Population: 5,216

City Type: Home Rule

County: Upshur

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January 14, 2017

11. BIG SPRING, TX

On November 12th, 2019 the City Council of Big Spring heard a first pitch encouraging an ordinance outlawing abortion to be passed within their city limits. 

 

On December 10th, 2019 the Big Spring City Council voted to table the ordinance outlawing abortion. The vote was 5-2.

 

On January 14th, 2020 the Big Spring City Council voted to untable the ordinance and vote in the first of two readings to pass the Sanctuary City for the Unborn Ordinance. The ordinance passed the first reading in a 3-2 vote with 1 council member choosing to abstain from voting. On January 28th, 2020 the ordinance passed a second and final reading with a 4-2 vote making the City of Big Spring the eleventh city in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits.  

 

Population: 28,862

City Type: Home Rule

County: Howard

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January 14, 2017

14. EAST MOUNTAIN, TX

On July 20th, 2020 the City of East Mountain became the fourteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 3-0 with two abstaining. 

 

Population: 797

City Type: General Law A

Counties: Upshur, Gregg

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January 14, 2017

17. ACKERLY, TX

On December 1st, 2020 the City of Ackerly became the seventeenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 6-0. 

 

Population: 251

City Type: General Law 

Counties: Dawson, Martin

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January 14, 2017

20. CARBON, TX

On February 22nd, 2021 the City of Carbon became the twentieth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous. 

 

Population: 348

City Type: General Law B

County: Eastland

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January 14, 2017

23. LATEXO, TX

On March 15th, 2021 the City of Latexo, Texas became the twenty-third city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-0. 


Population: 322

City Type: General Law B

County: Henderson 

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January 14, 2017

26. LUBBOCK, TX

On August 25th, 2020 Senator Charles Perry and Representatives Dustin Burrows and John Frullo sent a letter to Mayor Dan Pope encouraging the City of Lubbock to pass an ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. Mayor Dan Pope and the Lubbock City Council, who had already been vocally opposed to the ordinance, hired the Olson & Olson Law Firm out of Houston, Texas to review the ordinance. The law firm, which was found to have family ties to Planned Parenthood, recommended against the ordinance regarding the ordinance as unconstitutional and inconsistent with state law. 

 

Since the Mayor and Lubbock City Council had no intention of giving the ordinance a hearing, seven Lubbock residents took advantage of a provision provided within Lubbock’s city charter and began the initiative and referendum process. 

 

The amount of verified signatures needed to force the vote by the Lubbock City Council was 3,651 verified signatures. In two weeks over 5,000 signatures were collected by the citizens of Lubbock and a hearing was set for November 17th, 2020. At that hearing the Lubbock City Council voted unanimously against the ordinance. This allowed for the initiating committee to then file for the ordinance to be placed on the ballot of the next normal uniform election. 


On April 15th, 2021 Planned Parenthood started murdering innocent unborn children in Lubbock, Texas. 

 

 

Early voting for the passage of Lubbock’s Sanctuary City for the Unborn Ordinance began on April 19th, 2021.  

 

On Saturday, May 1st the residents of the City of Lubbock voted to pass the ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. Out of a total of 34,260 votes cast in the election a total of 21,400 votes (62.5%) were cast in favor of the ordinance and 12,860 votes (37.5%) were cast against the Ordinance. 

 

Population: 264,000

City Type: Home Rule

County: Lubbock

 

That ordinance was met with a lawsuit from the ACLU of Texas representing Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and their employees. The lawsuit was filed May 17th, 2021. A hearing was held on Friday, May 28th, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge James Wesley Hendrix of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to the hearing Judge Hendrix asked the Office of the Attorney General to respond to the views on the questions of Texas laws which were presented by Planned Parenthood in this particular case. In response to the request, Judd E. Stone, the Solicitor General of Texas, released a seven page letter on May 31st, to Judge Hendrix’s court. The letter stated that in their view “Lubbock’s ordinance is entirely consistent with state law.” 


Late on June 1st, 2021 Judge Hendrix ruled in Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services, et al. v. City of Lubbock, Texas with a 50 page ruling dismissing Planned Parenthood’s case for a lack of jurisdiction. 


Since the ordinance has gone into effect Planned Parenthood has complied with the ordinance and abortions have not been performed in Lubbock, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

29. POYNOR, TX

On May 11th, 2021 the City of Poynor, Texas became the twenty-eighth city in the nation, and the twenty-sixth city in Texas, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous.

 

Population: 314

City Type: General Law

County: Henderson

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September 9th, 2019

3. NAPLES, TX

On September 9th, 2019 the City of Naples became the third city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The ordinance passed 5-1.

 

Population: 1,378

City Type: General Law A

County: Morris

 

In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Naples was the second city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund. While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Naples amended their ordinance on April 27th, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 

The lawsuit did not cost the City of Naples or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in  Naples, Texas.

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January 14, 2017

GILMER, TX

On July 23rd, 2019 the Gilmer City Council heard a first pitch encouraging an ordinance outlawing abortion to be passed within their city limits. 

 

On September 24th, 2019 the City of Gilmer became the sixth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-1 with two council members not present for the vote. 

 

Population: 5,216

City Type: Home Rule

County: Upshur

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January 14, 2017

9. COLORADO CITY, TX

On July 23rd, 2019 the Gilmer City Council heard a first pitch encouraging an ordinance outlawing abortion to be passed within their city limits. 

 

On September 24th, 2019 the City of Gilmer became the sixth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-1 with two council members not present for the vote. 

 

Population: 5,216

City Type: Home Rule

County: Upshur

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January 14, 2017

12. WELLS, TX

On February 10th, 2020 the City of Wells became the twelfth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous.

 

Population: 769

City Type: General Law A

County: Cherokee


In February of 2020 the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of two abortion assistance groups against seven of the twelve cities which had outlawed abortion at that time. Wells was the seventh city named in the lawsuit. The two abortion assistance groups represented by the ACLU were the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and the Texans for Equal Access Fund. While the cities were encouraged by the ACLU  to retract the ordinances which they had enacted, all seven cities chose to amend and strengthen their ordinances outlawing abortion. The City of Wells amended their ordinance on March 9th, 2020 and by the end of May the ACLU withdrew their lawsuit. 


The lawsuit did not cost the City of Wells or their taxpayers one cent and abortion remains banned in Wells, Texas.  

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January 14, 2017

15. NEW HOME, TX

On September 29th, 2020 the City of New Home became the fifteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 5-0.

 

Population: 320

City Type: General Law

County: Lynn

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January 14, 2017

18. GRAPELAND, TX

On January 25th, 2021 the City of Grapeland became the eighteenth city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 4-0 with one abstaining.

 

Population: 1,489

City Type: General Law A

County: Houston

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January 14, 2017

21. GORMAN, TX

On March 4th, 2021 the City of Gorman became the twenty-first city in the nation to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was unanimous.

 

Population: 1,083

City Type: Home Rule

County: Eastland 

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January 14, 2017

24. HAYES CENTER, NA

On April 6th, 2021 the Village of Hayes Center, Nebraska became the twenty-fourth city in the nation, and the first city in Nebraska, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 5-0.

Population: 288

City Type: Village

County: Hayes

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January 14, 2017

27. ABERNATHY, TX

On May 10th, 2021 the City of Abernathy, Texas became the twenty-seventh city in the nation, and the twenty-fifth city in Texas, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. 

 

Population: 2,839

City Type: General Law A

Counties: Lubbock, Hale

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January 14, 2017

30. LEBANON, OH

On May 25th, 2021 the City of Lebanon, Ohio became the twenty-ninth city in the nation, and the first city in Ohio, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote was 6-0.

 

Population: 20,529

City Type: Home Rule

County: Warren