A federal court dismissed Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the city of Lubbock, Texas, which had passed an ordinance declaring the city a “Sanctuary for the Unborn,” and stated, “Abortion at all times and all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder.” The ordinance made it illegal to procure or perform an abortion or to aid or abet an abortion within the city limits.
On May 1, Lubbock passed the ordinance, which became effective on June 1, the same day the federal court dismissed Planned Parenthood’s challenge. Lubbock’s approval meant the city was the largest city by far in the United States to outlaw abortion. Lubbock has an estimated population of 258,862. Twenty-two other Texas cities and two cities in Nebraska have passed ordinances with similar intent, but Lubbock is the only town with an active abortion clinic.
Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz, a West Texas native and graduate of Texas Tech University in