The city council out in one Orange County, California, city is slated to consider a resolution in the upcoming few weeks that would seek to outright ban abortions and make the area a “sanctuary for life.”
Steve Knoblock, a City Councilman for San Clemente, created and proposed a new resolution that states that life starts at conception and “stands firmly against” Planned Parenthood and all abortion clinics being open at all in the city of almost 65,000 people. The council is slated to go over this new resolution at its begins its next scheduled meeting on the 16th of August.
“[T]he City Council of San Clemente, hereby recognizes and declares the full humanity of the preborn child through all states of life up and until a natural death and declares the City of San Clemente, to be a sanctuary for life where the dignity of every human being will be defended and promoted from life inside the womb through all stages of development in life up and until natural death,” reads a draft of the new resolution.
As part of the two-page resolution, Knoblock makes reference to the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade via a Supreme Court decision and highlights that it is the council’s duty to “honor and respect God” when it comes to banning abortion.
“We believe that life is God-ordained and God is the author and finisher of every life. No matter if at the beginning or at the end. As a city council, we will protect and sustain life at every stage. As we ask God to bless America, we first have to honor and respect God,” explained the resolution.
The draft of this new resolution has kicked sparked off quite a bit of outrage throughout the people of the city. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, about 15 people are slated to step up and speak out at the next city council meeting in what will most likely end up being a contentious debate.
The public affairs project manager for Orange and San Bernardino counties for Planned Parenthood, Andrea Schmidt, stated to the Times that the law proposal itself was “extremely dangerous.” Schmidt also labele4d the pro-life resolution as “politically focused and scientifically inaccurate.”
Gene James, the Mayor of San Clemente who previously issued their support for the motion to draft the resolution, has now come in opposition after taking the time to read it. “It appears to me to be a document that could have been written by a Taliban tribunal, and I’ll say that as a conservative, pro-life Republican,” stated James.