As you might have heard, there is a growing trend throughout the United States of declaring cities as sanctuaries for the unborn, virtually banning abortion within city limits. So far, the movement has spread throughout the southern state of Texas, into Oklahoma, and is now making its way into cities like Lebanon, Ohio.
And as the trend continues, abortion providers like that of Planned Parenthood are finding it harder and harder to keep business going.
Take the recently declared “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” Lubbock, Texas, for instance.
The city has made its mark on Planned Parenthood for a number of reasons.
Firstly, because with a population of just under 260,000, according to 2020 census results, it is the largest so far to have banned all abortions within city limits.
The second kick to pants for Planned Parenthood comes as it just opened the doors to its abortion clinic, in April of this year, in fact. And now, a mere month later, it is limited to performing only non-abortion-related services.
According to KAMC-TV, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas says that this particular office will remain open to provide non-abortion care, and should the need arise, “abortion services will be provided when legally permissible.”
In regards to the “legal” part, PPGT tried to sue the city of Lubbock for the recent implementation of their new ordinance. According to the suit, the law violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.
However, on Tuesday, that suit was dismissed by a judge on the grounds that PPGT didn’t have the authority or appropriate standing to sue the city, according to the Texas Tribune.
Basically, it comes down to the ordinance being one set up by the city and not a state or even local authority. As the people of Lubbock decided to ban abortion, the judge ruled that the Planned Parenthood case had no jurisdiction.
This is because the original abortion ruling of Roe v. Wade in 1973 before the Supreme Court didn’t really prohibit making abortion a criminal offense. It merely made it so that the judiciary branch had no authority to enforce such laws.
As the ordinance reads, “The Supreme Court’s pronouncements in Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases may limit the ability of State officials to impose penalties on those who violated the Texas abortion statutes but they do not veto or erase the statutes themselves, which continue to exist as the law of Texas until they are repealed by the legislature that enacted them.”
This means the city has every right to ban abortion if it wants to, just so long as the ban doesn’t contradict existing Texas law, which it doesn’t. It just might have a bit of a more challenging time meting out punishment for breaking the ordinance.
And so far, Planned Parenthood has been willing to play by the new rules. After all, even if breaking the ordinance might get them much in the way of punishment, it’s still not a good look for that nation’s largest abortion provider. Chances are if they break the rules in one state or city, others will not be so likely to let them into their communities.
Of course, this hasn’t stopped the PPGT from claiming that the new ordinance is too harsh. Their main argument is that Lubbock, as well as several other cities, haven’t made any exceptions for banning abortion, you know, for pregnancies that are a result of rape or incest, for example.
But as the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has concluded in a recent study, less than one percent of all abortions come from rape, and even fewer, less than 0.5 percent, result from incest. So the idea that millions and millions of women don’t have a choice but to carry their attacker’s child is a complete dud.
Instead, the study revealed that the top two reasons for getting an abortion were quite simply 1) the fear that a baby would “drastically change” their way of life and 2) that they might not be able to afford a child.
So much for trying to make pro-lifers about to be women haters… If enough cities catch on to this trend, we just might be able to put Planned Parenthood and those like it out of business for good.