GUEST POST: After a near month-long battle to have their voices heard, the pro-life community of Pueblo was recently dealt a tough loss as the city council voted 4-3 to table the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance indefinitely. This motion to table was made by City Council President Heather Graham, who essentially told pro-life Pueblo community members that they should move out of the state if they wanted to protect life.
She stated in her speech, “I would suggest if you want to ban abortion, you take it up with the state legislators or quite frankly you move out of Colorado because the city council is not the arena to be bringing this forward.”
The facts are that while Representative Graham is partially correct in that we who support women and preborn babies would love nothing more than for the Colorado legislature to pass a Life at Conception Act, she is absolutely incorrect in her analysis of the role that many localities can play in the abortion battle. On the contrary, local municipalities are crucial to the pro-life movement.
We have already seen this play out in more than 60 city and county councils which have passed similar Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances. Many states have long since given a certain level of power to local governments, allowing these city and county councils to adopt these ordinances. In each of these situations, much like in Pueblo, the pro-life community has been present in large numbers.
It has been reported that more than 100 people signed up to speak during the public hearing on the ordinance. While they were not afforded this opportunity in person, we do know that members of the city council did hear from them with more than 300 community members acting via our One-Click Politics page that sent emails directly to councilors.
Mark Lee Dickson, the co-author of the Pueblo Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, said:
“The problem of abortion in Pueblo was not solved – only passed to someone else. Tonight, the Butcherer of Bellevue was set free while innocent unborn children were sentenced to death. This battle is far from over. This fight will go on. Rest assured, one day we will see a Pueblo which is free from abortion. The question before us is how soon will that be? Just as it took a while to see the city of Lubbock, Texas become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” it may take a while for Pueblo, Colorado to become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” as well.”
It was clear that the residents of Pueblo were unwilling to back down against the abortion bully as they came together to fight for life, but the abortion lobby has once again imposed their bottom line to the detriment of a community’s wishes. However, the fight in Pueblo is long from over and the pro-life coalition is poised to continue in efforts to free this community from the violence of abortion.
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