The five-member, all-male city council of Waskom, Texas, unanimously voted this week to turn the town into a “sanctuary city for the unborn” by banning most abortions within its city limits. It’s reportedly the first Texas city to pass such a mandate.

The new ordinance declared Roe v. Wade and other laws allowing abortion “to be unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power,” . Exceptions were, however, included for rape, incest or serious risk to the mother’s life.

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Waskom, which has a population of about 2,000 and is located at the Texas-Louisiana border, does not have any abortion providers within its city limits. Supporters of the

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