sanctuary city for the unborn

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From The Texas Tribune: 

Texas lawmakers are poised to enact sweeping restrictions on access to abortions, prohibiting the procedure before many women know they are pregnant, and opening the door for a potential flood of lawsuits against abortion providers.

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After a citizen’s vote, Lubbock is now the largest so-called “sanctuary city for the unborn” in the country. The city is the first to pass an ordinance like this that actually has a health center that offers abortions. 


Proposition A passed with 62% of votes on Saturday. Over 21,000 people voted in favor of the ordinance and 12,860 voted against it. In total, 34,260 Lubbockites voted on the measure, according to the Lubbock County Elections Office

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A few blocks away from the only Planned Parenthood for hundreds of miles, Samantha Fields walks around the neighborhood on a sunny afternoon. She knocks on the doors of the addresses listed in a packet. There’s no answer at most houses.

Then, someone answered. Fields asks the college-aged man if he had heard about the upcoming May 1 election. He had, but he wasn’t sure if or how he planned to vote on the only measure on the ballot. 

Scene from the November public hearing outside of Citizen Tower.
Sarah Self-Walbrick

Early voting is currently underway for the proposed "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" ordinance in Lubbock.

The proposed ordinance is an attempt to essentially ban abortions within city limits by allowing for private parties to sue abortion providers and those who aid and abet an abortion.

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The City of Lubbock’s Charter Review Committee will host the first of at least two public hearings at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Citizens Tower. This is one chance for citizens to have a say in updating the city’s guiding document - which hasn’t seen many changes in the over 100 years since it was adopted.


Senior Reporter Sarah Self-Walbrick has followed discussions about charter reform since they started last year. Here’s what you need to know as the process gets going: