On Thursday, 05/07/2020, Coahoma City Council members voted against a proposed ordinance to make Coahoma a Right To Life Sanctuary City. According to city officials, the ordinance was declined because they did not feel it was in the best interest of the community to approve it as written.
Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace stated that the decision was made because the council did not want to leave Coahoma vulnerable to lawsuits. Back in February of this year, the ACLU filed lawsuits against seven other Texas towns that voted for similar sanctuary city ordinances.
The vote for the proposed ordinance was 3 against, 1 abstained, and 1 absent. Those voting against were Councilmembers Brandy Manning, Jay Holt, and Cody Ditto. David Alaman abstained from the vote, and Sharon Dotson was absent from the meeting. Mayor Wallace did not vote on the item because the position only votes in the event of a tie.
Councilmember Manning told KBest News that councilmembers were invited to react emotionally. Instead, they thoughtfully considered the ramifications, both good and bad for their community, and made the decision that they thought was in the best interest of the city.
According to city officials, it is believed that there is already an ordinance in place that would give the Coahoma City Council the ability to prevent an abortion clinic from setting up inside of their city limits. That ordinance is set to be reviewed at their next city council meeting. At this time, the date of that meeting is yet to be determined.