May 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Planned Parenthood vows to stay open in Texas city that voted to ban abortion

The logo of Planned Parenthood is seen outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 30, 2019

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said Monday its doors would remain open in Lubbock, despite voters approving an abortion ban declaring it a "sanctuary city for the unborn."

Driving the news: 62% of voters in the West Texas city voted in favor of the move on Saturday, according to a Lubbock County tally.

  • Jim Baxa, of West Texas for Life, called the results "excellent," saying some 200 churches were behind the drive, per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

What they're saying: Planned Parenthood said in a statement Monday it was "carefully reviewing what the impacts of the ordinance may be," but "our doors will remain open to patients."

  • The group noted the ban would create "significant barriers and the need to travel a minimum 600 mile round trip or out of state to obtain an abortion."

The big picture: Lubbock is the 25th city to back an abortion ban by declaring itself a "sanctuary city," and all but two of these are in Texas, per Reuters.

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