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On June 9, the city council of Sundown, Texas (population 1,397), located about 40 miles southwest of Lubbock and 15 miles southwest of Levelland, voted on an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. It passed on a vote of 4-1 and solidified Sundown as the 31st city in the nation to outlaw abortion.

“God has chosen us for a time such as this. I am proud that my community and our council stand behind the right to life,” Mayor Jonathan Strickland shared.

The Sundown 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 Sundown, Texas,” and, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the City of Sundown, Texas.”

Residents throughout the city, whose school has the iconic Joe Roughneck as a mascot, did not hesitate to stand behind and publicly applaud their city council’s decision.

“I could not be more proud to be a Roughneck tonight,” Sundown resident Matthew Nichols shared. “Knowing that Sundown has taken a righteous stand, in the midst of an ungodly era, gives me a great deal of peace.”

“Unborn babies are the most blameless among us,” he continued. “I can’t express the relief found in knowing innocent blood will never be spilled in Sundown. Much Kudos to Mayor Jonathan Strickland and our city council members for vindicating life.”

Sundown is the second city to pass the ordinance in Hockley County this week. Levelland (population 14,582) passed its ordinance on Monday.

The fact that both cities would not want abortion in their communities should not be surprising. An overwhelming majority of those who vote in Hockley County, 80.7 percent, cast their ballot for the

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