Following calls from activists and state lawmakers to make Lubbock a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” the City of Lubbock released a statement stating that, during an executive session earlier this week, “the City Council received its briefing from legal counsel with the firm of Olson & Olson, LLP regarding the proposed Sanctuary City for the Unborn Ordinance.” According to the statement, the law firm found several “potential conflicts with Texas state law.”
State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), one of the major advocates of making Lubbock a sanctuary for the unborn, responded by pointing to Senate Bill 22. Perry argues that the bill, passed and enacted last year, gives municipalities the authority to pass ordinances such as the one Lubbock had been considering.
Supporters of the ordinance have not given up hope, either, hoping to force Lubbock’s City Council to take up the issue through a petition, which was submitted to the city earlier this week. If enough signatures are verified by the city, the item will be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the council, scheduled for October 27.
There has also been controversy surrounding the law firm chosen to review the ordinance. As Lone Star Voice reported last month, mayoral candidate Stephen Sanders alleged links between the law firm and Planned Parenthood, though the City of Lubbock released a letter from the law firm disputing the allegation. State Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), another supporter of the proposed ordinance, claimed that the law firm “basically does want what mayors want,” and that Lubbock’s current mayor, Dan Pope, “does not want to make a stand for the unborn.”
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