SAN ANTONIO (Texas News Radio) — A small city on the Texas-Louisiana border has declared itself the first in Texas to be a sanctuary city for the unborn.
The City of Waskom approved an ordinance unanimously at the city’s council meeting Tuesday.
KETK-TV reports the ordinance declares laws permitting abortion “to be unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.”
Despite the unanimous support of the council, the city’s mayor stated Waskom could face a lawsuit the city cannot afford if it loses.
The city attorney also warned that an ordinance like the one the city passed is unconstitutional.
Supporters of the measure say it is important for Waskom to pass such an ordinance because Louisiana has passed a fetal heartbeat bill and didn’t want people coming to the small border city to seek an abortion.
Waskom is 20 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, and 35 miles east of Longview.