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Blue Hill outlaws abortion with city ordinance

Joins Hayes Center & 23 others in becoming sanctuary city for the unborn
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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BLUE HILL, Neb. (KSNB) - The town of Blue Hill is taking a stand against abortions by outlawing it within its city limits.

The city council voted on Tuesday to approve an ordinance that declared Blue Hill a sanctuary for the unborn.

Under the new ordinance, people aren’t allowed to get, give or help women get abortions within the city limits. This does not include birth control, accidental miscarriages or removal of an ectopic pregnancy.

However, abortion-inducing drugs are prohibited under the ordinance. Those include mifepristone, misoprostol and any drug or medication that is used to terminate the life of an unborn child. This does not include birth-control devices or oral contraceptives, Plan B, morning-after pills or emergency contraception.

Although there isn’t an abortion clinic in Blue Hill, with the Biden-Harris administration advocating for a woman’s right to choose, officials said they’d rather be pro-active than re-active.

“It’s a lot easier now to take action then when it becomes a problem at our forefront and then we don’t have the means or any of that to take action and by that point lives have been lost and we can hopefully be pro-active not re-active,” said Keri Schunk, mayor of Blue Hill.

Any person who is found in violation will be given a $500 fine.

“If someone violates, it will be brought to the attention of obviously the council and then we will proceed with our attorney’s,” Schunk said.

Blue Hill now is the 25th city to pass enforceable ordinances outlawing abortion within their city limits. Hayes Center is the only other Nebraska town to do so.

They believe this ordinance is not infringing on women’s rights.

“If you still feel the need for an abortion or feel that there is a reason to have an abortion, there are means to do so,” Schunk said. “I believe the council’s intent was just you’re not going to be able to do it in Blue Hill.”

Local4 reached out to the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about the growing number of communities becoming sanctuary cities for the unborn.

In a statement from Scout Richters, ACLU of Nebraska Legal and Policy Counsel, she said they are monitoring the situation and exploring their options, including litigation if necessary.

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