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City of Abilene says Supreme Court opinion has no effect on upcoming sanctuary city vote

Abilene voters will decide in November if their city will become a sanctuary city for the unborn.
Credit: City of Abilene

ABILENE, Texas — Abilene voters will still decide if their city will become a sanctuary city for the unborn, regardless of the US Supreme Court's opinion on the overturn of Roe v. Wade 

A release from the City of Abilene said "the Supreme Court of the United State’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will have no effect on the City of Abilene’s upcoming Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance vote, set for the November 2022 ballot."

A petition to consider the ordinance was presented to Abilene City Council in the spring and met the requirements in the City Charter for placement on a City Council agenda. City Council considered the proposed ordinance and voted at its April 28, 2022, meeting in favor of placing it on a ballot for voter consideration.

The provisions of the City Charter governing the petition and voting process for the proposed ordinance make no consideration for a Supreme Court ruling of this nature. Because of this, the process must continue and the ordinance be presented to voters, the City said.

“As always, I am happy to stand by the provisions of our City Charter, and the decisions made by our City Council. The majority of our Council has voted in favor of our citizens having the final say on a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, and the Supreme Court’s ruling doesn’t change our requirement to follow the Charter,” Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams said in the release.

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