Conservatives across America are continuing the fight for pro-life values amid the current administration’s push for pro-abortion policies.
Lebanon, Ohio, located in Warren County, has become the first city in the state of Ohio to become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn.”
Making Lebanon the 29th city in the United States to declare itself a sanctuary for unborn babies, the seven-member city council unanimously voted on Tuesday to pass Ordinance 2021-053 banning abortion for the city’s 20,000 residents, Christian Post reported.
The ordinance will reportedly bar abortion clinics from opening up in the city and criminalize doctors who perform the procedures.
According to Live Action, doctors who agree to do an abortion face a misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $2,500, and a year in prison. However, no penalty will be added to the women who receive an abortion.
“We hope to be the first in Ohio and then believe other cities could take our lead as well,” said Councilman Adam Matthews ahead of the vote.
Lebanon’s ordinance expands on existing Ohio state law which criminalizes abortion statewide when a heartbeat can be detected.
While pro-life advocates are praising the city’s measure to protect the unborn, liberals at the American Civil Liberties Union staunchly oppose the ordinance.
Christian Post reported that prior to the vote, the Ohio chapter of the ACLU preemptively denounced the ordinance and vowed to pursue legal action against the city’s “hyper-local strategy” pushed by “anti-abortion extremists.”
“This hyper-local strategy is another attempt by anti-abortion extremists to stigmatize and ban abortion in Ohio, by whatever means necessary,” said Freda Levenson, Legal Director for the ACLU of Ohio, in a statement.
“Anti-abortion politicians in Lebanon have no business interfering in people’s lives and healthcare,” she continued. “We will do everything in our collective power to ensure this effort is dead on arrival.”
Planned Parenthood described the ordinance as “oppressive legislation” in a quote included in the ACLU of Ohio’s statement.
“This law directly undermines the value of the individual lives of everyone in Ohio who has had an abortion or may need an abortion in the future,” stated Kersha E. Deibel, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio region.
Despite their vow for legal action, Lebanon’s city council went ahead with voting to make it a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” joining more than 20 cities in Texas, Nebraska, and Utah that have similar laws.