Pro-lifers in the southwestern Florida city of Naples are urging their city council to pass a pro-life ordinance to protect unborn babies by banning abortions.
FOX 4 reports pro-lifers in the city held a protest Wednesday morning outside the Naples City Hall in support of a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance.
Since March, Naples residents with Action for Life and other pro-life organizations have been asking the city council to pass the pro-life ordinance. But the council has refused to consider it.
"Joe Biden made a promise to make abortions available in every zip code in the country. It's our time to take a stand against this radical agenda and protect the unborn in our beautiful city," Action for Life Florida wrote on its Facebook page.
The group criticized the city council for passing an ordinance to protect sea turtles while refusing to consider an ordinance to protect unborn babies because it is "too controversial."
They are asking city leaders to do the right thing and place the ordinance on an upcoming agenda for a vote.
"We need to stand up for life because without life, nothing else in the world even matters," Beth Bohannon with Action for Life told Wink News previously. "° we've got some interested people, and we've got recognition, and I do believe there's hope here."
Mark Lee Dickson, director with Right to Life of East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, said Naples residents began collecting signatures in support of the pro-life ordinance earlier this year.
"We're not talking about passing a resolution," Dickson told the local news. "We are talking about passing an ordinance. An ordinance is a law, ° penalties are put in place. There are consequences."
Though the exact language of the proposed ordinance for Naples has not been reported yet, Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances ban abortions, including abortion drugs, within city limits and create consequences for abortionists and others who help abort unborn babies.
Bill Oppenheimer, who is running for city council and serves as president of the board of Action for Life, planned to attend the pro-life protest Wednesday, according to the report.
Large or small, the cities' actions are making an impact for life and gaining the attention of people across America.
To date, 34 cities in Texas, two in Nebraska and one in Ohio have passed pro-life ordinances to outlaw abortions. One city, Omaha, Texas, did repeal its ordinance and pass a non-enforceable pro-life resolution instead.
Dickson encouraged anyone interested in seeing a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance pass in their city to sign the online petition at www.sanctuarycitiesfortheunborn.com/online-petition.
More cities in Texas, Ohio, Michigan and other states also are considering passing Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances this summer. Though abortion activists have threatened legal action, the cities have been successful in court. In 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging their pro-life ordinances.
ACTION ALERT: Contact the Naples City Council and urge officials to pass the law banning abortions.