The all-white, all-male city council for the city of Waskom, Texas, declared the small town in East Texas a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” according to The Washington Post.
The decision to outlaw abortion in this small town near the Louisiana border contradicts the rulings of the U.S Supreme Court established in Roe v. Wade. Waskom is one of many conservative strongholds passing abortion bans now that a majority of the Supreme Court leans conservative.
In Texas, abortions are banned after 20 weeks, and a new bill on the governor's desk would require doctors to treat and help a child born alive after a failed abortion, which which is a rare event.
Waskom is following the example of a 7 to 1 vote by the city council of Roswell, New Mexico, also banning abortions in their town, made famous by a supposed UFO crash in 1947. Using language normally employed by cities in relation to immigrant rights, these two towns declared themselves “sanctuary cities for the unborn.”
The audience at the chambers of the Waskom city council broke into applause at the unanimous vote. City officials said the ruling included exceptions for rape and incest and when the mother’s life is at risk.