Unborn Sanctuaries Spreading Fast

Unborn Sanctuaries Spreading Fast

A very practical, grass-roots, pro-life campaign is gaining ground in the USA.

Last week saw the City of Anson became the 38th city in Texas and the 42nd nationwide to formally declare itself a “sanctuary for the unborn,” voting unanimously to forbid abortion within its boundaries.

Mark Lee Dickson, a pastor, Right to Life of East Texas, and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, wrote at Live Action to report the Anson City Council’s 5-0 vote to give final approval to the Anson Ordinance Outlawing Abortion, which declares it “unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy” or to “knowingly aid or abet an abortion” in Anson. It also bans “mifepristone, misoprostol, and any drug or medication that is used to terminate the life of an unborn child,” but does not apply to non-abortive contraception. 

The ordinance defines abortion as “the act of using or prescribing an instrument, a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to cause the death of an unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant.” It does not apply to procedures to “remove a dead, unborn child whose death was caused by accidental miscarriage,” to “remove an ectopic pregnancy,” or to save a mother from a “life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising from a pregnancy that, as certified by a physician, places the woman in danger of death or a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function unless an abortion is performed.”

Dozens of other Texas localities have already declared themselves to be sanctuaries for the unborn, as have communities in MississippiNebraskaNew Mexico, and North Carolina. Some are purely symbolic, while others have legal ramifications, such as one in Lubbock, Texas that forced Planned Parenthood to continue its pause on abortions despite a temporary injunction against the state heartbeat law.