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In a unanimous vote, Sterling City, Texas, located 70 miles southeast of Midland and 40 miles northwest of San Angelo, became the 32nd city in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing abortion within its city limits.

Sterling City Mayor Lane Horwood regarded the vote as “an awesome opportunity to be a part of a grassroots movement” both for Texas and the nation. The vote comes during a time when the Biden administration has committed to abortion access in every zip code, bringing concern to many throughout the United States—including those within Sterling County.

The majority of Sterling County’s voting population is made up of conservative Republicans who want to see abortion abolished in the state of Texas. During the 2020 presidential election in the county, 91.4 percent voted Republican, 8 percent voted Democrat, and 0.6 percent voted for other candidates. This is even more conservative than the county was four years before, when 86.7 percent voted Republican, 11.1 percent voted Democrat, and 2.2 percent voted for other candidates in the 2016 presidential election.

During the 2018 Republican Party primary, voters in Sterling County had the opportunity to vote on Proposition 7, which read, “I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas.” Out of 356 votes, 251 voted in favor of outlawing abortion in Texas, and 105 voted against.

In 2020, 92.3 percent of Republican Party of Texas delegates voted in favor of adding this plank to the Republican Party of Texas 2020 platform, stating, “We support the right of Texas municipalities to protect mothers and preborn children in their communities by passing enforceable city ordinances that ban abortions and abortion industry businesses within their city limits.”

The Sterling City ordinance outlawing abortion states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type

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