The mayor of Lebanon, Ohio has declared May 25 to be “Pro-Life Day” in the city one year after it passed an ordinance to become a sanctuary city for the unborn.
“I’m honored to present this proclamation to you,” said Mayor Mark Messer on Tuesday at Lebanon City Hall. “Whereas every child has the right to life and that life was created at the moment of conception with a unique human nature, genetic identity and limitless potential … I do hereby proclaim May 25, 2022 and every year, as Pro-Life Day.”
Abortionists and abortion groups are banned from establishing abortion businesses in Lebanon and anyone who violates that rule could spend six months in jail and face a fine of $1,000. The ordinance is being challenged in court, according to WVXU, but so far has not been enforced on anyone, according to Adam Mathews, the city’s vice mayor.
Mathews told WLWT that since the ordinance took effect, “We’ve had great growth — 14 percent over (2020), 7 percent over 2019. We’ve had developers come in and thank us for being pro-family, pro-life.”
Both pro-life and pro-abortion advocates were at City Hall for the proclamation, and at times there was enough tension that four police officers had to intervene. However, no one was arrested or detained.
ACLU attorney Elena Thompson was present with abortion supporters and said the city is being sued under the notions that the ordinance is unconstitutionally vague, prohibits the first amendment right of social workers who counsel people on abortion, and conflicts with Ohio state law on the issue of aiding and abetting. She said that attorneys for the city are considering rewriting the ordinance but that has not been confirmed and she failed to give more details. City of Lebanon attorney Mark Yurick previously said he can’t comment on pending litigation.
“I don’t want kids being killed. We’ve killed tens of millions of kids, and they still have such a bloodlust,” pro-life resident Mark Bledsoe told abortion supporters. “That ten million kids ain’t enough. How many must die?”
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