Lubbock, Texas Mayor Dan Pope is receiving backlash for comments likening opening a Planned Parenthood facility in his town to starting a new supermarket or church.
“Telling Planned Parenthood they can’t come to Lubbock would be in some ways like telling United they couldn’t build another store or telling the Southern Baptist Convention they couldn’t do another church start in Lubbock,” Pope said on “The Chad Hasty Show” on Thursday.
According to Pope, the ordinance is “a slippery slope” and he doesn’t think he should “be telling businesses what to do.”
“It’s not the lane we need to be in. We need to do the things we were elected to do: provide police and fire services, make sure that our parks are maintained, make sure that we take care of our streets. Do the things that citizens elect us to do,” Pope added.
Pope’s comments come after a recent city ordinance proposed by multiple Texas state congressmen and