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Abortion “sanctuary cities”

Whether anyone likes it or not, pan-secessionism is indeed happening. Sanctuaries for everyone and everything.

Axios

Two layers of security fences have been added to the Supreme Court since the leak last month of a draft abortion opinion. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Some local officials in liberal enclaves within red states say they won’t help enforce bans on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Axios’ Oriana Gonzalez reports.

Why it matters: That’s an echo of the “sanctuary cities” that don’t aid in federal immigration enforcement.

Zoom in: Texas has one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. José “Chito” Vela, a member of the Austin City Council, has proposed a resolution to decriminalize abortion locally.

  • Vela’s office said several other Texas cities — including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston — have expressed interest in similar measures.

In Louisiana, Orleans Parish district attorney Jason Rogers says he “will not shift priority from tackling shootings, rapes and carjackings to investigating the choices women make with regard to their own bodies.”

The other side: At least 49 cities have passed ordinances to ban abortion even though it’s, for now, protected by federal law, according to Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, an anti-abortion group focused on helping localities outlaw abortion.

  • 44 of those cities are in Texas.

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