In its latest pro-abortion litigation effort, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against seven East Texas towns that declared themselves "sanctuary cities" for unborn children.
On June 11, 2019, the city of Waskom, Texas, became the first in the state to pass an ordinance declaring itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Soon after, six other east Texas cities — Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Rusk, Gary, and Wells — enacted similar ordinances.
“These ordinances are unconstitutional,” said Anjali Salvador, staff attorney for the ACLU of Texas, in a statement. “Abortion is legal in every state and city in the country. Cities cannot punish pro-abortion organizations for carrying out their important work – especially when they do so in a way that violates the First Amendment.”
The director of Right to Life East Texas, Mark Dickson, fired back directly at the ACLU. In a post on Facebook, Dickson said, “I think it is imperative that we remember who we are dealing with here. The ACLU is a group which has represented the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazis, and various organizations that support the murder of unborn children.”
“We are eager to defend these ordinances in court. With the new membership on the Supreme Court, we welcome court challenges to abortion laws that will weaken and lead to the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade,” he added.
Read the full complaint below.