In two tiny Texas towns, abortion is now illegal.
The cities of Omaha and Naples, both with populations hovering around 1,000 people, joined the ranks as the second and third cities in the Lone Star State to pass ordinances making it a criminal offense to abort babies at any stage in pregnancy.
“Because of the Omaha/Naples Ordinance, no abortion clinic will ever be able to move into these cities in the great State of Texas,” Mark Lee Dickson, Director of Right to Life of East Texas, said, according to Faithwire. “Everyone voted in favor of the ordinance with the exception of one.”
The ordinance is the strictest possible law, not granting any exceptions in the case of rape or incest. Emergency contraception, such as Plan B, are also illegal. The cities are calling themselves “sanctuary cities for the unborn.”
Waskom, Texas, became the first sanctuary city for the unborn earlier this year.
Dickson started his pro-life campaign after becoming frustrated with Austin elected officials not passing any “meaningful legislation that protects unborn life.”
“This is why we had to take things into our own hands and take it to the grassroots level,” Dickson told Fox News. “Due to the recent pro-life legislation in Louisiana being so strong and due to the risk of an abortion clinic one day moving to Waskom, Texas, we decided to do something to protect the city, which was passing an ordinance outlawing abortion in Waskom, Texas.”
“What city, what county, what state, is saying to the federal government, ‘Here, we will no longer murder our babies?’” Rusty Thomas, national director of Operation Save America, said to Fox News.
According to Dickson, “many other cities have shown interest in outlawing abortion. There are already other cities here in Texas who are placing a similar ordinance on their agenda for a vote at their next meeting.” According to the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn website, interested cities include Mineral Wells, Gilmer, Abilene, and Mount Vernon.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.