On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, with President Joe Biden in office only 24 hours, he and Vice President Kamala Harris issued a statement unequivocally supporting the “right to choose” abortion. The Biden-Harris administration announced it was “deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to … reproductive health care regardless of … zip code.”

Pro-life leaders across the country took the declaration as a rallying cry to prevent new abortion clinics from being established in their towns. Since January 22, 2021, fourteen American cities have designated themselves as sanctuaries for the unborn. 

In recent years, the term “sanctuary” has been adopted by cities as a means of resisting federal laws on immigration or state laws regulating guns. Similarly, pro-life citizens have acted on the impulse to make their cities safe for the unborn. They want to protect unborn babies from abortion at every stage, beyond the protections of any state or federal laws.

The pro-life sanctuary movement had actually been growing steadily since June of 2018 when Effingham County, Illinois, resolved to become a “Sanctuary for the Life of Unborn Human Beings.”

According to the website Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, at least 30 cities now call themselves sanctuaries for the unborn. Many are located in Texas and most are very small towns with no abortion clinic. Many of these abortion-free zones are largely symbolic, although physicians’ offices are also prevented from prescribing abortion pills. One major city―Lubbock, Texas―was home to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic until a popular vote made it a sanctuary city in May of 2021. That clinic is now prevented from doing abortions.

Save babies by helping women

Because most sanctuaries for the unborn are tiny towns with populations hovering around 300, they’re also unlikely to be homes to pregnancy care centers. Yet people everywhere can help women avoid abortion—by creating a culture of life, promoting abortion alternatives, and helping women find a nearby PCCs. They can support area PCCs financially and serve as volunteers or board members. They can welcome struggling women and families into their churches. READ MORE

So, beside passing ordinances, how well are sanctuary cities helping women avoid abortion? Are all the PCCs within reach of sanctuary cities fully staffed and well-equipped? We don't know. But we are certain that every city can do a lot to help the unborn by helping their mothers. 

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