July 16, 2019
Mineral Wells, Texas doesn't have an abortion clinic. And they'd like to keep it that way. Mayor Chris Perricone knows he can't control what's happening in New York or Illinois -- or even the rest of his state. But, with the city's help, he can control what happens in his community. And making Mineral Wells a place that welcomes life should be a part of that.
"What started in Waskom, it's like a little snowball that starts at the top of the mountain," the 38-year-old Perricone said. He was referring to the Texas border, where a town of less than 3,000 people made national news by declaring themselves a sanctuary city for the unborn. He hopes that by Tuesday night's end, Mineral Wells will be "a progression of that." "I think this is absolutely the right thing to do," he explained. "My beliefs as a Christian are that life begins at conception. Those lives are in need of help."
National abortion groups mocked the effort, but locals are too busy cheering to care. "His job as mayor is to look after the people in the city, including the most vulnerable," Mark Dickson of Right to Life East Texas pointed out. "This is the civil rights issue of our day. Unborn children are just as much human as me and you. Their lives deserve to be protected." In a community of just 15,000, everyone understands how important each person is.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the other hand, thinks the mayor should be more concerned with "fixing potholes" than saving human lives. Mayor Perricone should be "moving into the 21st century by working on the priorities outlined by 'Envision Mineral Wells,' rather than wasting time trying to pass an ordinance that will never be enforced," one spokeswoman argued. Oh, it'll be enforced, residents say. "Our town [will] take a stand."
When they do, congressmen like Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) will be cheering them on. Back in Washington, they'd do anything for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to consider the barest protections for infants. For the 72nd time, House Republicans walked to the floor on Monday and demanded a simple vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act -- only to be told, as they were 71 tries, that their request wouldn't be considered.
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Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.