(LifeSiteNews) — A total of nine municipalities in the states of Texas and Nebraska have passed measures outlawing abortion within their jurisdictions, making them “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn.”
During the November 8 elections, citizens in five Nebraska villages and four Texas cities voted on a local ballot for abortion restrictions in their cities, according to a report by Live Action.
The four cities in Texas that voted for the local pro-life legislation are Athens (population: 12,857, Henderson County); Abilene (population: 124,407, Taylor and Jones Counties); San Angelo (population: 101,004, Tom Green County); and Plainview (population 22,194, Hale County).
The ordinances passed also prohibit abortions from being performed on residents of these cities, regardless of the state they might seek them in.
The Athens Ordinance also explicitly condemned the legacy of Curtis Wayne Boyd, an abortionist who killed over 10,000 unborn children through illegal abortions in the late 1960s, before Roe v. Wade, and opened the first “legal” abortion facility in Texas after the 1973 ruling.
“I am so thankful for all the support and the churches that have come together to fight for life! This was for those 10,000 babies that never had a voice,” Athens resident Mistie Sharp said after the vote.
“Those babies who were illegally killed by Curtis Wayne Boyd right here in Athens in the late 1960s and for all the millions of babies’ lives that Boyd took or taught other abortionists how to take. The curse is broken in Athens!”
Abortion at any stage of human development after conception was criminalized in Texas after a trigger law took effect on August 25, 2022.
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UPDATE (3/30/23): Fr. Fidelis is jailed along with another pro-life hero
Father Fidelis has been sentenced to 270 days in jail by a Michigan court, while fellow Red Rose rescuer Matthew Connolly was sentenced to 90 days in jail and told to pay fines.
The CFR priest will serve his sentence (90 days per 3 charges) concurrently, so he will be behind bars for 3 months.
Like their companions Elizabeth Wagi and Jacob Gregor, who received lighter penalties, Moscinski and Connolly were pronounced guilty of “trespassing, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace/interfering with a business” on February 24, 2023 at the 46th District Courthouse in Southfield, Michigan.
Wagi received 18 months’ probation with fines and was ordered not to go anywhere near an abortion facility or her co-defendants. Gregor got 12 months’ probation with fines and 10 days community service. He was told not to speak to convicted church members.
LifeSiteNews is still awaiting news of Dr. Monica Miller and Laura Gies, who were found guilty of trespassing and resisting arrest.
The Southfield trial stemmed from a Red Rose Rescue at the Northland Family Planning abortion center, one of three abortion centers owned and operated by Renee Chelian, on April 23, 2021.
Pro-life priest and Red Rose Rescuer Fr. Fidelis Moscinski has been found guilty of violating the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
Yesterday Fr. Fidelis was convicted of the federal crime for a July 2022 “lock and block” rescue he conducted at a Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. The priest is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24 and faces up to six months in federal prison.
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A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.
Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.
Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.
Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.
He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.
After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”
Sign this petition today to let Fr. Fidelis know you stand with him and his heroic fight to save unborn lives from abortion.
Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!
Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.
This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.
It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.
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The six Nebraska villages that voted for the local pro-life legislation are Arnold (population: 592, Custer County); Paxton (population: 516, Keith Country); Brady (population: 383, Lincoln County); Hershey (population: 649, Lincoln County); and Wallace (population: 318, Lincoln County).
The ordinances passed in these cities add further restrictions on abortion by outlawing the practice entirely within their jurisdiction.
“I am pleased that five local communities, including the Village of Wallace, voted in favor of becoming Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn. I am so thankful that my family and I live in a wonderful and God-fearing part of Nebraska,” Mayor of Wallace Kim Primavera said after the vote.
The only municipality on the ballot where citizens did not pass the ordinance was the city of Curtis, Nebraska (population: 806, Frontier County). 71 % of citizens voted against the legislation and, as a result, abortion is still legal in Curtis.
Abortion is currently still legal up to 22 weeks of pregnancy in Nebraska. Republican leaders have signaled they will seek new pro-life protections in Nebraska, where Republicans control the state government. A proposed pro-life trigger law failed to clear the legislature by two votes this spring.
These important pro-life successes followed another significant victory when Hobbs, New Mexico (population 41,604, Lea County) passed a “sanctuary city for the unborn” ordinance, making it the first city in the state to effectively ban all abortions.