Texas city bans abortion, allows family to sue suppliers, helpers

  • Lubbock in Texas has banned nearly all abortions.
  • The solely exception to the ban is when the mom’s life is at risk.
  • Residents voted on the measure on 1 May.

Declaring Lubbock a “sanctuary city” for the unborn, voters have accepted a neighborhood ban on nearly all abortions, and the Texas legislature is contemplating a legislation to bar the process as early as six weeks right into a being pregnant.

Lubbock, residence to some 260 000 folks, is the twenty fifth such “sanctuary city” – all however two in Texas – to have banned abortions within the final two years.

Drucilla Tigner, a coverage and advocacy strategist for ACLU-Texas, famous that almost all different cities which have handed comparable sanctuary city measures have populations of some hundred or thousand, and sometimes don’t have any medical suppliers in anyway, not to mention one that gives abortions, as Lubbock does.

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The Lubbock ordinance bans abortion in all circumstances besides when a girl’s life is at risk.

It additionally allows family members of any lady who has an abortion to sue the supplier or anybody who assisted the lady in receiving an abortion.

Nearly 63% of votes cast within the 1 May election supported Lubbock’s abortion measure, the county elections office stated on Monday.

‘Huge impression’

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Turnout was 22.6%. The measure is predicted to take impact as soon as the official tally is full, which might take up to a month.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday stated it’s weighing authorized measures, calling the Lubbock vote unconstitutional and detrimental to girls’s well being.

The ACLU has sued different such “sanctuary cities” in Texas in a case that awaits a ruling.

Lubbock is a medical hub for a million folks in West Texas.

The ordinance “has a huge impact on not just the people of Lubbock, but that entire region,” Tigner stated.

Planned Parenthood, which in 2020 reopened a clinic in Lubbock, stated in a written assertion that it “will follow legal restrictions as required”.

Nationwide, girls have a constitutional proper to abortion below the US Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade choice.

Abortion fights on the native stage have heated up for the reason that Supreme Court attained a 6-3 conservative majority below former President Donald Trump.

If Roe v Wade is overturned, abortion could be ruled by state and native legislation.

Jim Baxa, whose West Texas for Life was among the many organisations that received the ordinance earlier than voters, stated his greater purpose was to see Texas ban abortions on the state stage.

Baxa stated West Texas for Life received the “sanctuary city” concept after seeing comparable measures go in east Texas two years in the past.

After the Lubbock city council unanimously rejected the measure as violating state and federal legislation, West Texas for Life collected sufficient petition signatures to power a vote.

The Texas Senate in March accepted 5 payments proscribing abortion – together with one that will ban abortion as quickly as a foetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks in some pregnancies.

The Texas House is predicted to take up the measures later this week.

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