A petition supported by State Sen. Charles Perry (R- Lubbock) to make Lubbock a sanctuary city for the unborn was declared valid by the City of Lubbock earlier this week. As a result, Lubbock City Council will be presented a proposed ordinance during their regularly scheduled November 2nd meeting. Afterwards, the council will have 30 days from November 2nd to hold a public hearing and either adopt or reject the ordinance. If the council rejects the ordinance, the committee which filed the petition will have 20 days to request the issue be placed on the May 2021 ballot.
This announcement came just a few days after Planned Parenthood returned to Lubbock. As Lone Star Voice reported earlier this month, the City of Lubbock also recently released a statement stating that a law firm the city hired to review the proposed ordinance found several potential faults. However, supporters of the ordinance have voiced disagreement with those findings.
The issue has also become central to Lubbock’s mayoral race. Mayoral candidate Stephen Sanders claiming that incumbent Dan Pope is “unwilling to embrace the pro-life anti-abortion platform” in a recent ad. As Lone Star Voice reported last month, Pope expressed hesitation regarding calls to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening in Lubbock.
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