FT. WORTH, Texas – The Mineral Wells City Council today voted 5-2 against considering an ordinance that would prohibit providers from performing abortion care. The city’s proposal followed the passage of a similar ordinance in Waskom, Texas last month, which declared a preemptive ban on emergency contraception and abortion.
Drucilla Tigner, reproductive rights strategist for the ACLU of Texas, had the following response:
“The Mineral Wells City Council’s decision not to pursue an unconstitutional ordinance asserting a ban on abortion care and emergency contraception was the correct choice. The proposal would have infringed on Texans’ access to safe, legal abortion care and would have served to further intimidate the individuals seeking that care. We hope all cities will follow Mineral Wells’ example of upholding everyone’s fundamental right to abortion care and contraception, regardless of where they live.”