Source: Patch Media
May 28, 2021
The "sanctuary city for the unborn" ordinance bans abortions in Lebanon, though the city doesn't have a clinic that provides the procedure.
In a largely symbolic move ahead of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court that could restrict or ban abortion outright, the City Council in Lebanon, Ohio, voted earlier this week to become "a sanctuary city for the unborn" by passing an ordinance outlawing abortion in the community.
The law, which declares abortion a "murderous act of violence" — unanimously approved Tuesday in Lebanon, a town of about 20,000 located 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati — makes abortion punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, effective immediately.
Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the action sends a clear message to residents that "we do not think it is in our best interest to open a clinic or a hospital that does abortions," the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. There currently are no clinics in the city that provide abortions.
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