A Texas city voted on Saturday to ban abortions within the city and allow residents to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a person get abortion services.
The Texas Tribune reported that voters in Lubbock, a city of about 250,000 people in northwest Texas, supported the measure 62% to 38%. It is unclear when the ordinance, which declares Lubbock a “sanctuary of the unborn,” will take effect, but it is almost certain that it will face legal challenges.
About two dozen cities have taken similar measures, but Lubbock is the largest to date and the only city with an existing abortion provider within its borders, according to the Tribune.
The move was welcomed by conservative opponents of abortion in the country.
“Today is a lifelong victory and proof that the silent majority will still uphold its Christian conservative values,”
“Planned Parenthood,” which is involved in major legal battles over abortion and, according to the Tribune, provides abortion services in Lubbock, promised in a statement to continue serving patients under state and federal law that recognizes abortion as a legal right.
“We want the people of Lubbock to know: our doors are open and we will continue to stand up for our patients, no matter what,” a spokesman said in a statement.