Members of the Roswell, New Mexico City Council voted Thursday to make their jurisdiction a de facto "sanctuary city for the unborn."
"The City Council of Roswell, New Mexico passed a resolution Thursday declaring its jurisdiction to be in support of 'fetal life,' something local pro-life activists say makes Roswell a 'sanctuary city for the unborn,'" reported LifeSiteNews. "In a seven-to-one vote, with one council member abstaining, the City Council passed Resolution 19-28, which declares 'that innocent human life, including fetal life, must always be protected and that Society must protect those who cannot protect themselves.’”
The resolution expressly “honors the rights of healthcare providers to object on moral grounds to performing abortions and opposes any regulation or law seeking to violate that right.”
So-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants have become a pet project of the Left in recent years; such jurisdictions shield illegal immigrant criminals from federal authorities. In such likeness, the city of Roswell fashioned their area a "sanctuary" for the most vulnerable in our society: the voiceless unborn.
As reported by Roswell Daily Record, Councilor Angela Moore spoke on Thursday to offer personal testimony in support of the resolution. Moore became pregnant with twins as a teen; resisting the pressure to abort, she carried and delivered the babies and gave them up for adoption.
“And was it difficult? Yes, but my point about this is that you have the option — and that’s why I agreed to adding to this,” she said. “The information on adoption is expensive and all that … (adoption) it was an option of choice that we have as women. So this is a sad situation, that we’ve come to a place where they don’t think a life is a life, but at that age, I don’t think I knew any better. And until someone gave me a choice, an option, I thought that was my only option and so this is an important situation for me …”
Citizen Molly Boyles also spoke in support of the resolution. “Here in the United States, we have severe penalties for destroying eagle eggs or turtle eggs, but human children in the womb, with a heartbeat with feelings are being dismembered and killed,” she said. “I’m very happy to hear that the bill did not pass, but I do think that it would be a great thing for a city to declare that we believe in the sanctity of life …”
The Roswell declaration comes in the wake of extremist abortion-till-birth legislation popping up across the country. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, recently signed a bill which allows for the murder of the unborn up to the moment of birth for essentially any reason, loosens the restriction on who can perform abortions, and strips the murder of the unborn — even the wanted unborn — from the state’s penal code.
A similar bill in Rhode Island is currently making its way through the legislature, and sitting Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia seemingly endorsed infanticide, or abortion post-birth, during a radio interview.
The New Mexico Senate recently rejected House Bill 51, which would have forced doctors with moral objections to perform abortions and stripped sections of the penal code which criminalize abortions.
As noted by LifeSiteNews, "New Mexico is home to an infamous late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options, and has some of the loosest abortion laws in the country. Southwestern Women’s Options commits abortions throughout the third trimester of pregnancy."