City of Lebanon on verge of outlawing abortion

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 5:52 PM EDT
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LEBANON, Ohio (FOX19) - A proposal to make Lebanon a sanctuary city for the unborn has support from six of the seven City Council members.

The proposed ordinance would outlaw abortion in the community.

Lebanon City Council is expected to approve the ordinance on Tuesday. Krista Wyatt is the lone Council Member not in support of the measure.

“I just don’t like to limit people’s options to medical care, and I don’t think we have the business of making legislation that takes rights away from a woman to make a decision,” explained Wyatt. “Her right to liberty is being taken away by law.”

Lebanon does have a women’s center, but abortions are not performed there.

Lebanon would be the first city in Ohio and 29th in the nation to designate itself a sanctuary city for the unborn.

The ordinance would be immediately enforceable under the Ohio Revised Code.

Anyone found guilty of this misdemeanor could serve up to a year in jail and receive $2,500 in fines, according to City Attorney Mark Yurick.

City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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