ACLU Sues 7 East Texas Towns Over Abortion Ban Ordinances

Barbara Schwarz
February 26, 2020 - 6:12 am
Texas Courtroom



Waskom, which borders Louisiana,  was the first east Texas town to declare itself a "sanctuary city for the unborn." 

There are no clinics in Waskom, or the other six cities, including Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Rusk, Gary, and Wells  

ACLU attorney Anjali Salvador says these laws are confusing people about their rights. "Even though abortion is legal everywhere in Texas, these ordinances are creating confusion and at the same time they're preventing organizations like our plaintiffs from resolving that confusion, because they're saying they are prohibited from operating in the cities."

She adds "the government doesn't get to decide who can speak and who doesn't. Cities can't pick and choose which laws to follow. We're hoping a judge will declare these laws unconstitutional."

The plaintiffs are the Texas Equal Access Fund and Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity.  Salvador says both advocate for education about abortion access.  

The federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas.