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On May 17, the city council of Levelland, Texas, voted unanimously to move forward with an ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits.

During that meeting, news broke that the City of Lubbock had been sued by Planned Parenthood. Upon hearing the news, some residents wondered if the lawsuit would cause any of their elected city officials to change their mind about the proposed ordinance to be voted on a final time at their June 7 meeting. Only then would the ordinance become law.

A lot happened since the May 17 meeting. A city in Ohio outlawed abortion, the Office of the Attorney General of Texas declared Lubbock’s ordinance “entirely consistent with state law,” Planned Parenthood stopped performing and scheduling abortions at their Lubbock facility, and a federal Judge dismissed Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction.

With these victories, many in Levelland were pleased to see all four of their city council members vote in favor of the ordinance. The ordinance, originally placed on the agenda by Councilman Jim Myatt and Councilwoman Mary Engledow, received its first motion of adoption by Councilman Myatt, with Councilwoman Breann Buxkemper’s quick support.

Before the second vote, Councilman Michael Stueart made the motion of adoption and was supported by Buxkemper.

The Levelland ordinance states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Levelland, Texas,” and, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the City of Levelland, Texas.”

The historic vote made Levelland the first city in Hockley County to pass the enforceable ordinance. Levelland was not, however, the first city whose council

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