Update: Texas Senator Proposes City Ordinance Against Abortion
Updated 09/10/20, 10 a.m. - There are more details about Senator Charles Perry’s push for a Lubbock city ordinance against abortion.
According to KCBD, the ordinance would make Lubbock a “sanctuary for the unborn” and outlaw almost all abortions within the city limits.
Part of the ordinance reads, “Abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder. . ." However, the ordinance does make one exception for abortions that are performed in order the save the life of the mother.
The ordinance does not appear to make an exception for cases of rape or incest. Further, the ordinance would make it possible for family members of the terminated fetus to sue the person or the entity who performed or helped to perform the abortion.
The ordinance, if passed, also makes it possible for the city to issue fines of up to $2000 to individuals who perform abortions within city limits, if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.
Original Story - Senator Charles Perry of District 28 is pushing for a city ordinance that he hopes will make it difficult for Planned Parenthood to operate in Lubbock, if and when the organization returns.
Once upon a time, there were at least 2 Planned Parenthood locations in Lubbock up until 2013, when they were bought out by a non-profit pro-adoption company called Generation Healthcare.
Planned Parenthood's departure from Lubbock was largely due to pressure put on the organization by Texas House Bill 2, which was passed into law on July 18, 2013, by then-governor Rick Perry. The measure placed stricter restrictions on abortions provided in Texas.
In July of 2020, Planned Parenthood announced they’ll be returning to Lubbock sometime later this year. If Senator Perry’s city ordinance were to pass the city council, it could make it possible to sue Planned Parenthood if they provide abortions in Lubbock.
Senator Perry spoke with KAMC News and said Lubbock has been fine without Planned Parenthood and hopes the proposed ordinance will make the organization think twice. According to news sources, the ordinance also has the support of State Representatives John Frullo and Dustin Burrows.