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April 8, 2021

Nebraska Village Becomes First Outside Texas to be a "Sanctuary City" for the Unborn

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The small village of Hayes Center, Nebraska has become the first city outside of Texas to become a "sanctuary city for the unborn."

The majority-female Board of Trustees unanimously voted 5-0 to outlaw abortion within the city limits. Hayes Center, Nebraska can list itself among the 23 other cities which passed enforceable ordinances banning abortion.

The Hayes Center Ordinance declares, “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska” and “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska.”

Abortion in this ordinance is defined as “the act of using or prescribing an instrument, a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to cause the death of an unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant.”

It further declares that abortion-inducing drugs (not including oral contraceptives) will be considered contraband.

According to the ordinance, “any person, corporation, or entity who commits an unlawful act . . . shall be subject to a fine of $500.” There is one important exception, however: “Under no circumstance may the penalty described . . . be imposed on the mother of the unborn child that has been aborted.”

The Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative has said that cities throughout the United States are showing interest in the movement.