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Mineral Wells City Council Votes Against Taking Action on Anti-Abortion Ordinance

The Mineral Wells City Council voted not to take action on an ordinance Tuesday night that would prohibit providers from performing abortion care, after the city's mayor said he wanted to make Mineral Wells "a sanctuary city for the unborn."

The city council voted 5-2 not to move forward with the ordinance, proposed by Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone, which would have prohibited clinics that performed abortions and criminalize means to assist abortions.

City council members said the vote wasn't about their political views, but the potential for costly lawsuits against the city.

The vote came a month after Waskom, a small East Texas town, passed similar measures.

Perricone included Waskom's page-long ordinance in the agenda packet.

Like Waskom, Mineral Wells does not have an abortion clinic.

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