(CNS News) -- Currently, there are 35 sanctuary cities for the unborn in Texas, according to Texas Right to Life, which means that it is illegal to operate an abortion facility within city limits.
A sanctuary city is created when the city council votes to pass an ordinance that prohibits abortions within the city limits.
As Texas Right to Life explains, the local ordinance essentially states the following,
- Declares abortion to be murder;
- Prohibits abortion facilities from opening in city limits; and
- Does not punish women.
The 35 sanctuary cities for the unborn in Texas are listed in the box below.
In the ordinance adopted in Lubbock, Texas, it says, "The State of Texas has never repealed its pre–Roe v. Wade statutes that outlaw and criminalize abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger. ... The law of Texas therefore continues to define abortion as a criminal offense except when necessary to save the life of the mother."
It also defines “child” as "a natural person from the moment of conception until 18 years of age," and an “unborn child” means "a natural person from the moment of conception who has not yet left the womb."
An abortionist is defined as "any person, medically trained or otherwise, who causes the death of the child in the womb," and includes "obstetricians/ gynecologists and other medical professionals who perform abortions of any kind; any other medical professional who performs abortions of any kind; any personnel from Planned Parenthood or other pro-abortion organizations who perform abortions of any kind; and any remote personnel who instruct abortive women to perform self-abortions at home."
For Lubbock, "abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder."
However, with these ordinances, the state does not prosecute the crime; individual citizens, including family members and spouses are allowed to file a lawsuit against the abortionist and his facility.
"Any person, corporation, or entity that commits" the abortion, "other than the mother of the unborn child that has been aborted, shall be liable in tort to the unborn child’s mother, father, grandparents, siblings and half-siblings," reads the ordinance.
The abortionist "shall be liable to each surviving relative of the aborted unborn child for: (a) Compensatory damages, including damages for emotional distress; (b) Punitive damages; and (c) Costs and attorneys’ fees."
Outside of Texas, the City of Lebanon, Ohio passed an ordinance (6-0) in June, making it a sanctuary city for the unborn.
To learn more about how to pass an ordinance to establish a sanctuary city for the unborn, click here.