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City Council to read ordinance that could make Abilene a sanctuary city


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One of the most controversial topics across the nation is coming to the Big Country as a petition to make Abilene a Sanctuary City for the Unborn could be made into law.

McMurray Political Science Professor Paul Fabrizio explains more on Abilene possibly becoming a sanctuary city when it comes to abortion, “you could make the argument that this is simply a symbolic thing So if it doesn’t pass it will send a message to the state, it will send a message to the people of Abilene that Abilene isn’t ready for this specific piece of legislature.”

Chuck Fariana is the lead pastor for New Hope Church and said, “I would love Abilene be an abortion free city. That there would be an ordinance in place that would say no more, not on our watch.”

Fariana and the New Hope Church donated $10,000 dollars towards the petition and explains where that donation money originated, “this is one of those areas where there were people that were passionate about this issue and wanted to give towards making that a reality.”

The ordinance reads “The State of Texas has never repealed its pre–Roe v. Wade statutes that outlaw and criminalize abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger.” So, “The law of Texas therefore continues to define abortion as a criminal offense except when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

The Leader of the Taylor County Democratic Party Elizabeth Smyser has serious questions about that however, “why or who should make the decision that your wife, or your daughter or your sister, her life is so in danger that now it’s okay”

Smyser believes that this ordinance is too harsh and doesn’t take into account other factors that go into a woman getting an abortion, “ordinances that deal in absolutes like this lack any real compassion for the complicated lives and situations that families undergo.”

If the petition is made into law, then according to the ordinance “Abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder unless the mother’s life is in danger.”

It’ll then be up to Taylor and Jones County District Attorneys to decide whether to prosecute.

And we’ll have more coverage later this week when the city council reads and ultimately decides on this controversial issue.

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