Local NewsGoldsmith Becomes 19th ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ in Texas

To discourage abortion providers from setting up shop in their town, the Goldsmith City Council approved a "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" ordinance.
February 11, 2021
Mark Lee Dickson, founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative, is used to long drives.

The last city council he petitioned to outlaw abortion met in Grapeland, a town in Houston County just east of I-45. The road to Goldsmith, a small oil town that last night became the 19th and latest “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” stretches over 400 miles west to Ector County. After Ackerly and Grapeland, Goldsmith is the third town to outlaw abortion within city limits since President Joe Biden took office.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris recently said that they were committed to seeing abortion access in every zip code. Goldsmith is the only incorporated city within the 79741 zip code,” Dickson said.

“Abortions may be able to happen elsewhere, but under the laws of the City of Goldsmith, if anyone performs one within the city limits of Goldsmith they will be breaking the laws… and there will be consequences.”

The city council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that holds performers of abortions liable to the living kin of the aborted child. Like one proposed ban on abortion at the state level, the ordinance also empowers the city to penalize offenders if Roe v. Wade is overturned and the punishment will not impose an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

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The ordinance does not count procedures meant to save the life of the unborn, remove a fetus whose death was caused by accidental miscarriage, or end an ectopic pregnancy. It targets the performers of abortions themselves, not the mothers. Even in remote abortions, in which an abortion clinic supervises and instructs women through a video call to carry out abortions at home, the law would count the instructing personnel as the only offender.

“We declare Goldsmith, Texas to be a Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” the ordinance reads.

“Abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder… The Supreme court erred in Roe v. Wade when it said that pregnant women have a constitutional right to abort their unborn children.”

Goldsmith lies 20 miles northwest of neighboring Odessa, which just elected a mayor and two city council members reportedly supportive of passing the same ordinance there. Mayor Javier Joven said outright during his runoff that making Odessa a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” was one of his top priorities, and he introduced the ordinance to the city council at the first work session of the year.

The citizens of Lubbock will vote on passing the ordinance in the next uniform election this May.


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Isaiah Mitchell

Isaiah Mitchell is a reporter for The Texan, a Texas native, and a huge Allman Brothers fan. He graduated cum laude from Trinity University in 2020 with a degree in English. Isaiah loves playing music and football with his family.

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