Lubbock County Passes Ordinance Banning Abortion Travel and Abortion in Unincorporated Area

Lubbock County, Texas, has passed an ordinance that bans abortion travel and abortion in the county’s unincorporated area.

The ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet anyone seeking transport to an abortion, including offering, providing, or lending money, digital currency, or other resources to that effect.

It also makes it unlawful for any person to procure or perform an elective abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the county’s unincorporated area.

The ordinance was passed by a 3-1 vote, with County Judge Curtis Parrish abstaining. Parrish said that the ordinance “as written has many legal problems” and expressed concern about its ability to withstand scrutiny in state and federal appellate courts.

Texas already has a statewide “trigger law” that bans abortion throughout the state in the event of the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States. The Texas law went into effect after Roe’s repeal last year by the Supreme Court in the case Dobbs v. Jackson.

Lubbock County is the fourth Texas county to pass an abortion travel ban, joining Goliad, Mitchell, and Cochran counties.

Lubbock County Passes Abortion Travel Ban

Lubbock County, Texas, has passed an ordinance that bans abortion travel and abortion in the county’s unincorporated area.

The ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet anyone seeking transport to an abortion, including offering, providing, or lending money, digital currency, or other resources to that effect. It also makes it unlawful for any person to procure or perform an elective abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the county’s unincorporated area.

 Ordinance Sparks Legal Concerns

The ordinance was passed by a 3-1 vote, with County Judge Curtis Parrish abstaining. Parrish said that the ordinance “as written has many legal problems” and expressed concern about its ability to withstand scrutiny in state and federal appellate courts.

Texas Already Has Statewide Abortion Ban

Texas already has a statewide “trigger law” that bans abortion throughout the state in the event of the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States. The Texas law went into effect after Roe’s repeal last year by the Supreme Court in the case Dobbs v. Jackson.

 Lubbock County Joins Growing List of Texas Counties Banning Abortion Travel and Abortion

Lubbock County is the fourth Texas county to pass an abortion travel ban, joining Goliad, Mitchell, and Cochran counties.

Conclusion:

The passage of the abortion travel ban in Lubbock County is the latest example of the growing restrictions on abortion access in Texas. The ordinance is likely to face legal challenges, but it remains to be seen whether it will be upheld.

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