Sanctuary cities and counties for the unborn

City councils and county commissions are being asked to pass resolutions and ordinances that designate its specific locality as a “sanctuary for the unborn.” Some declare life begins at conception, ban abortion services (including access to emergency contraception like Plan B), classify abortion as murder with malice aforethought, label pro-choice organizations as criminal enterprises, and create civil causes of action against abortion providers and those who assist women in obtaining an abortion.
The article examines the movement pushing local governments to create sanctuary status across the country. Most of the localities that have enacted the ordinances and resolutions have small populations and do not have abortion clinics.
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Abstract/Description: City councils and county commissions are being asked to pass resolutions and ordinances that designate its specific locality as a “sanctuary for the unborn.” Some declare life begins at conception, ban abortion services (including access to emergency contraception like Plan B), classify abortion as murder with malice aforethought, label pro-choice organizations as criminal enterprises, and create civil causes of action against abortion providers and those who assist women in obtaining an abortion. The article examines the movement pushing local governments to create sanctuary status across the country. Most of the localities that have enacted the ordinances and resolutions have small populations and do not have abortion clinics.
Subject(s): Faculty Research
Sanctuary cities for the unborn
Date Issued: 2021