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Blue Hill is second Nebraska town to outlaw abortion in city limits

25th “Sanctuary City for the Unborn”
Blue Hill City Council votes to make their city a "Sanctuary for the unborn." They are the 25th...
Blue Hill City Council votes to make their city a "Sanctuary for the unborn." They are the 25th in the nation to outlaw abortion within their city limits.(Courtesy Photo)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 1:19 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The City of Blue Hill, Nebraska (population 941) has become the 25th city in the nation, and the second city in Nebraska, to pass an enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. The vote of the Blue Hill City Council was a unanimous 3-0 vote. One council member was absent for part of the meeting and missed the actual vote, but he says he was supportive of the decision of the City Council, and proud to stand with the council’s three “Yes” votes. The ordinance, which immediately outlaws abortion, also declares the abortion pill contraband in Blue Hill, Nebraska.

Blue Hill City Council member say the vote lives up to the phrase on the official seal of the City of Blue Hill, which reads, “Preserving Our Heritage for Future Generations.”

It all started when a community member heard about the Village of Hayes Center becoming the first city in Nebraska to pass an ordinance outlawing abortion. Upon hearing the news, the community member reached out to Mayor Keri Schunk to let her know that this was something that she wanted to see in Blue Hill, Nebraska. Mayor Schunk reached out to a director with “Right To Life of East Texas” on Friday morning, and the item was placed on the city council agenda that morning. It was voted on Tuesday - just four days later.

The vote to outlaw abortion came one day after the Food and Drug Administration’s Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock sent a letter to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology indicating that the FDA intends to “exercise enforcement discretion” in the dispensing of the abortion pill by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pro-abortion American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology praised the FDA announcing in a press release, “ACOG applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for acknowledging the strong safety and efficacy profile of mifepristone for termination of early pregnancy. By halting enforcement of the in-person dispensing requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA is recognizing and responding to the available evidence—which has clearly and definitively demonstrated that the in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone is unnecessary and restrictive.” The press release goes on to say that “ACOG has for years advocated for the FDA to remove the in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone.”

In late January, the Biden-Harris Administration released a statement on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade committing to abortion access in every zip code. This action by the Biden-appointed head of the FDA is a clear step in the fulfillment of that commitment.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state, and communities are working to recognize and protect innocent life in a variety of ways. The Biden-Harris Administration is pushing a radical, pro-abortion agenda, and Nebraska must do everything we can to stand against the abortion lobby.”

Governor Pete Ricketts (Ne-R)

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