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Mason residents lead referendum effort to repeal city abortion ban

Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 10:09 PM EST
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MASON, Ohio (WXIX) - Some Mason residents are making a final push in an effort to repeal the city’s recent abortion ban.

In late October, Mason City Council voted 4-3 to ban abortion and punish anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion within city limits. The ordinance is set to take effect on Nov. 24.

Among the four who voted to pass the ordinance is councilmember T.J. Honerlaw who says that protecting life is what he promised on council.

“The most important vote of my four-year term on city council was making Mason a sanctuary city for the unborn. It was my honor to be able to speak up for those that have no voice and defend the lives of the unborn. This is simply a land use ordinance.

“Unlike my opposition on city council and in the last election, I find it impossible to somehow proclaim that I am pro-life, but still not do everything in my power to keep the killing of the unborn out of my town and away from depreciating surrounding property values. I believe we should learn from the mistakes of Sharonville that had no restrictions in place and then could do nothing about it for seven years.

“The pro-aborts and the democrats have successfully collected enough signatures to send this to the electorate as a referendum. I fully believe that every Bible-believing church and all those that declare themselves as pro-life, will defend this ordinance and it should be led by our pro-life pastors.

“Now is the time to stand up & lead,” Honerlaw said.

In response to the ordinance, Mason resident Joy Bennett filed a petition to repeal the ban.

“A groundswell of citizens are very unhappy that city council would consider or let alone bring it to a vote,” Bennett said. “Ultimately this is not something our city council should be trying to legislate.”

Bennett and other volunteers have been collecting signatures for the past month.

The petition needs 1,460 signatures from registered Mason voters to move forward with a referendum. Bennett says that they’ve collected just under 2,000.

She says she will be submitting the signatures on Tuesday.

A similar ordinance was passed in Lebanon earlier this year.

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