San Angelo's Ordinance for Life
Roe v. Wade is no more. We now exist in a post-Roe Texas and abortion is outlawed in the entire State of Texas. However, even in the great state of Texas, our battle is far from over. Even in a Post-Roe Texas, cities across Texas are trying to find ways to deprioritize the pre-Roe v. Wade statutes, the Texas Heartbeat Act, and the Texas Trigger Law - three laws which protect mothers and innocent children from the horrible act of abortion. In addition to this we are also met with the reality of illegal abortions which will be performed in our state in violation of these life-saving laws. We know this is likely to happen because even before the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, illegal abortions were committed in Texas - often by elected and appointed officials who sought to ignore laws protecting mothers and their children from the horrible act of abortion. Here in San Angelo, we do NOT BELIEVE abortion helps mothers and their children. WE BELIEVE abortion HURTS mothers and ENDS THE LIFE of their children. Here in San Angelo we want a law on the books which goes as far as we can possibly go to make sure that OUR MOTHERS and OUR CHILDREN and OUR COMMUNITY are protected from: (1) those in the illegal abortion industry who would seek to do our community harm and (2) the unwillingness of our leaders to do what is necessary to make sure our community has the best protections for San Angelo residents here in this city and as they travel abroad.
A little bit of context for why some of what is mentioned is mentioned . . .
For the record, Austin, Denton, and El Paso have all entertained resolutions opposing the direction of our state and those resolutions to varying degrees seek to minimize their city's involvement in enforcing the laws - working around the laws to the best of their ability. In 1968, Curtis Wayne Boyd, who was the County Health Officer in Henderson County, Texas in the City of Athens, committed 10,000 illegal abortions in a two-year period. He was never held responsible for those abortions and after the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, Curtis Wayne Boyd opened up the first "legal" abortion facility in the State of Texas. These are strong arguments; however, they do raise the question, "How much do you trust your city officials on protecting your city from illegal abortions?"
Is this a political issue?
We feel this is a moral issue. We are asking the community of San Angelo to choose life over death.
PSALM 139:13-16 (NIV)
13 FOR YOU ARE CREATED IN MY INMOST BEING; YOU KNIT ME TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB.
14 I PRAISE YOU BECAUSE I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; YOUR WORKS ARE WONDERFUL, I KNOW THAT FULL WELL.
15 MY FRAME WAS NOT HIDDEN FROM YOU WHEN I WAS WOVEN TOGETHER IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH.
16 YOUR EYES SAW MY UNFORMED BODY; ALL THE DAYS ORDAINED FOR ME WERE WRITTEN IN YOUR BOOK BEFORE ONE OF THEM CAM TO BE.
What would be the cost to the city of San Angelo and its taxpayers?
NOTHING! Former Texas Solicitor General, attorney Jonathan F. Mitchell agrees the Ordinance for Life is legal and is willing to represent San Angelo at no cost to the taxpayers should any lawsuits arise from this ordinance. Twenty-three (23) other Texas cities that have formally adopted this ordinance have not seen any legal challenges because the ordinance is within Federal, State and Local law.
Is the ordinance constitutional?
YES! The US Constitution does NOT give anyone the right to take an innocent person’s life. What it does affirm is certain truths as self evident – that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion destroys their people’s rights to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Can the church speak on political issues? Will it jeopardize the church’s tax-exempt status?
In return for its favored tax-status, a charitable nonprofit promises the federal government that it will not engage in “political campaign activity” and if it does, IRS regulations mandate that the charitable nonprofit will lose its tax-exempt status. This prohibition against political campaign activity (defined as “supporting or opposing a candidate for public office”) is SEPARATE from lobbying or legislative activities, which charitable nonprofits ARE permitted to engage in. A church is allowed to take positions on issues that are important to it and its congregation. Such “issue advocacy” can even touch on topics that are central to a political campaign without running afoul of the rules.
What is the history of abortion and its current injustice in the U.S.?
Who is Project Destiny San Angelo?
Project Destiny San Angelo is a Special Purpose PAC established by local citizens for the express purpose of campaigning for and passing the proposed Ordinance which will outlaw abortions in San Angelo. Project Destiny San Angelo has arisen from the grass roots initiative of individuals, business leaders, non-profit organizations, and ministries.
The unborn cannot vote but you can. Pro-abortionists want you to believe abortion and abortion-on-demand "clinics" should be treated (in the words of a local, liberal political official) the same as a "new church or grocery store." Huh? San Angelo is different - we are proud, God fearing people who know in their heart what is right and what is wrong.
During early voting (October 24th - November 4th) and on Tuesday, November 8th, keep San Angelo SAFE for the unborn and vote FOR LIFE!
Is this ordinance legal?
On September 25, 2020, Texas State Senator Charles Perry, filed an ordinance with the City of San Angelo to petition them to adopt an ordinance making San Angelo a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. The city leaders then hired an outside law firm, Olsen and Olsen, of Dallas, Texas to research the legality of the ordinance. Olsen and Olsen have familial ties with Planned Parenthood. It is no surprise that they found the ordinance to not be lawful.
Project Destiny San Angelo can assure you that much research has gone into the writing of the ordinance and its legality. This ordinance is widely accepted by well known lawyers in Texas to not only be legal, but that it is written within the bounds of the Texas Constitution. In fact, our former Texas Solicitor General, Attorney Jonathan F. Mitchell, agrees that this ordinance is legal and is willing to represent San Angelo at no cost to the city and taxpayers should any lawsuits arise from this ordinance. The City of San Angelo has already spent thousands of dollars on the outside law firm, Olsen and Olsen at the expense of the taxpayers.
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