CA City Kills Proposed Abortion Ban
Despite the city’s conservative values, Councilman Steve Knoblock’s proposal to declare San Clemente a “sanctuary for life” was shot down.
From Los Angeles Times. A proposal to declare San Clemente an abortion-free city has died after an emotional meeting where dozens of residents spoke on both sides of the issue.
The City Council voted 3 to 1 Saturday to withdraw the proposal from the agenda of an upcoming meeting….
In heavily Democratic California, where the right to an abortion will continue to be protected by state officials after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the proposal’s effect would have been largely symbolic….
City Councilman Steve Knoblock wrote the proposal, which declared San Clemente a “sanctuary for life,” stated that life begins at conception and opposed the establishment of clinics that provide abortions.
On Saturday, he was the only vote in favor of keeping it on the agenda.
Hundreds of people filled seats inside the San Clemente Community Center, including an overflow room with a live feed. Abortion rights advocates chanted outside.
Inside, too, the dominant sentiment was anger, with some residents terming the proposal “overreach,” “idiotic” or “extremist….”
To loud applause, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan called the proposal an attempt to “subjugate women and girls like my daughters into second-class citizens.”
Knoblock countered that abortion is “a public policy issue that is now at the forefront of society.”
He said a “can of worms” had been opened by the governor and state Legislature’s attempts to strengthen abortion rights.
“The city weighs in on issues that affect our communities,” he said. “The life and death of babies affect our communities….”
Some residents praised Knoblock for his courage in taking a stand against abortion….
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(Excerpt from Los Angeles Times. Photo Credit: Manny Becerra on Unsplash)
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