LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A public forum was held today after a recent petition led by life advocates forced the city council to review the Sanctuary’s ordinance for unborn children.
Life advocates generated the petition after City Council initially rejected the ordinance in September because a law firm, hired by the city, determined the ordinance conflicted with state laws. ‘State.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, 153 people registered to speak in person about the ordinance. Nearly 400 people submitted comments via email, which can be seen on the city website.
Mayor Dan Pope asked public commentators to be respectful and to focus on the ordinance.
After more than five hours of public comment, both parties were able to express their opinions. Most were defenders of life.
Lubbock City Council voted around midnight Wednesday to reject the ordinance, 7-0.
A life advocate said the city should provide funding to help pregnant women out of a crisis, so they don’t feel pressured into having an abortion.
“The City of Lubbock can do better for women through medical care and empower them to choose life for their babies. If members of this council are concerned about the support pregnant women receive, then provide funding to clinics already established for pregnant women in Lubbock,” the woman said.
On the other side of the issue, a pro-choice advocate said the lack of access to abortion in Lubbock discriminates against poor women and their personal freedom.
“It’s between a woman and her doctor, everything else is an intrusion on personal freedom,” the woman said. “If you have to travel hundreds of miles, well, that discriminates against poor women and women who don’t have access to travel.” .”
City Council’s rejection of the ordinance means it will likely be put on the ballot for voters to decide whether Lubbock should become a sanctuary town for unborn children.
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