Lubbock city council unanimously voted to reject the sanctuary city for the unborn ordinance because they said it is “unconstitutional and unenforceable," but there is still a way to revive the ordinance by putting it on the ballot.
Pro-life advocates generated the petition after city council originally rejected the ordinance back in September because a law firm, hired by the city, determined the ordinance conflicts with state laws.
One neighbor said Markwell would become paranoid and often thought someone was trying to hurt her. As a result, neighbors said Markwell would often call the police and they saw police at Markwell’s door frequently.
“We have caregivers here who are literally crying everyday because we are losing people, who they can no longer keep alive. It is a tragedy on biblical proportions," said Covenant Chief Medical Officer Dr. Craig Rhyne.
Looking back on the day Dr. Fitz passed away, healthcare workers all stopped what they were doing to mourn for the doctor turned patient. CEO of Covenant Health Systems, Richard Parks, knew Dr. Fitz for the last ten years. During that time, Parks says he felt his selfless presence.
Now that the petition is certified, city council has 30 days to hold a public forum and make a final decision on the ordinance. According to the city council agenda, a public forum on the ordinance will be held Nov. 17.
Ken Lambrecht, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said Lubbock has a higher uninsured population rate than the state of Texas, which has the highest rate in the country. As a consequence, Lubbock also has higher rates of STI and unplanned pregnancies.
Texas Tech Assistant research professor Zeina Khan helped create the SQUIDER model back in June, which is recognized and used by the CDC. The SQUIDER model predicts future COVID-19 cases and death count on a state and national scale.
Thomas expanded Lubbock Impact from a soup kitchen to a wrap around service, which offers dental care, medical care and a closet for the needy. While she was battling the virus, she spent her spare energy trying to help others.
The Lubbock County Elections office has an ADA compliant ballot machine for every person living with a disability. For members of the deaf community, Lubbock is the first county in Texas to have an American Sign Language interpreter. They will be at the United at 82nd Street and Boston on Wednesday.