Gilmer becomes sixth city in nation to pass ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ ordinance

The ordinance outlaws abortion within the city limits.
The Gilmer City Council voted 4-1 to become a "sanctuary city for the unborn."
The Gilmer City Council voted 4-1 to become a "sanctuary city for the unborn."(KLTV Jeff Chavez)
Published: Sep. 24, 2019 at 9:16 PM CDT
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GILMER, Texas (KLTV) - Another East Texas town has passed an ordinance outlawing abortion within its city limits.

Gilmer voted 4 in favor, 1 opposed on an ordinance to designate itself a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” according to Mark Lee Dickson. Dickson is the director of Longview-based Right to Life East Texas.

Tonight the City of Gilmer, Texas (Population 5,216) became the SIXTH CITY in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing...

Posted by Mark Lee Dickson on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dickson says he is determined to see the ordinance pass in every Texas town, and ahead of Gilmer’s city council vote, had spoken about his hopes for the outcome.

“This is not a political game, this is not just, we are going to say we are pro-life and not vote like it, this is an opportunity for the city council of Gilmer to not just say there are pro-life, but actually be pro-life by passing an ordinance,” Dickson says.

Gilmer follows Waskom, Omaha, Naples, Joaquin and Teneha in voting in this ordinance. On Dickson’s Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn website, it it noted that potential cities to also approve this ordinance in the future are Mineral Wells, Abilene, Mount Vernon, Mount Enterprise, and Greenville.


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