San Clemente City Council blocks proposal to ban abortion clinics

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Next a resolution in its Aug. 16 meeting, the San Clemente City Council voted 3-1 to remove the proposal that sought to make the city a “sanctuary for life,” blocking zoning or permitting for any facility that offers abortions. in the city would offer.

City Councilman Steve Knoblock first proposed the resolution banning abortions in San Clemente.

The resolution said in part:

“…The City Council of San Clemente considers life to begin at conception … the Council is resolutely against all drugs that cause miscarriage … the Council … is resolutely against the presence in the clinics of the city ​​of Planned Parenthood or other clinics where abortion is practiced…”

On Saturday, residents were given the chance to speak during a public comment, which lasted about two hours.

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The majority of residents who addressed the council at the special meeting criticized the proposal, accusing Knoblock of going too far and trying to impose his personal religious beliefs on the women of the city. Many also expressed concern about the effect of such a move on the city’s reputation and business interests.

A smaller number expressed support for the resolution and praised Knoblock for his courage in bringing it forward.

“I don’t think this is something cities should have to deal with,” Chris Duncan, a fellow San Clemente city councilor, told TUSEN.

Major Gene James took responsibility for holding the special meeting at short notice. “We rushed this, and the reason we rushed it was that many of you wrote to us saying it was rushed,” James said.

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The mayor added that the council was receiving threats over the divisive issue to be referred to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

“I will take the responsibility of saying that I wanted to do this today. As mayor, I had the authority to call a meeting with 24 hours notice. That was not intended to silence anyone… it was an attempt on my part to put this behind us.”

The blending showed how the abortion issue has become a hot-button topic in local governments across the United States in the weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide, and the issue back to everyone. individual state.

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Knoblock told the Los Angeles Times he wanted to send a message to the rest of California that “we think life is important, and we think 60 million unborn babies killed in the womb is a sad thing and should not be continued.” .”

California Attorney General Rob Bonta and two professors from the local law school called the potential resolution unenforceable earlier this week.

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