The final reading on the ordinance to make Big Spring a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was voted on last night, 01/28/2020, by Big Spring City Council Members.
Prior to the meeting, a group of approximately 12 individuals stood in front of the Council Chambers with signs to protest the ordinance. Concerns from protesters ranged from being pro-choice, to the separation of church and state. Protesters were also concerned that the true majority of Big Spring residents did not want to become a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.
According to Angelica Griffin, one of the organizers of the protest, a lot of people don't know about the ordinance. She noted that there is a low voter turnout for elections, approximately 10-12 percent of people vote.
"The other side is going around saying that, 'We're 86 percent of people are deep red.' Well, they're not really looking at the numbers. A lot of people here don't vote because they are so beat down. It's generational," said Griffin.
"We gotta let people know that we're out here, we care, and we want them to get out here with us and know the issues and start fighting for the issues because this is their livelihood."
The Big Spring Fire Marshal was on site, once again, to ensure that the Council Chambers did not exceed the room capacity of 86 people, thus resulting in people standing outside of the meeting waiting to come in.
There was an equal amount of people who spoke during the public comments prior to voting for the ordinance. Ultimately, the ordinance passed with a 4-2 vote. Mayor Shannon Thomason, along with Councilmembers Terry McDaniel, District 3; Gloria McDonald, District 4; and Jim DePauw, District 6, voted for the ordinance. Councilmembers Raul Marquez, District 1; and Camilla Strande, District 5 voted against; and District 2 councilman Doug Hartman was not present for the vote.
It was also noted during the meeting that McDonald had suggested that the wording of the ordinance be changed from "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" to "Safe Haven for the Unborn". An amendment showing the name change was listed on the agenda as 10A, however, it was it was not acted on. Councilmembers agreed to wait on the amendment until incoming City Attorney Judge Andrew Hagen could be present to assist.