A movement sweeping across Texas that has cities passing ordinances that seek to ban abortion providers has made its way to Odessa – with a rally to advocate for Odessa to become a pro-life sanctuary scheduled to be held on May 8. 

The rally will feature numerous speakers, including local elected officials from Odessa Mayor Javier Joven, who has been an outspoken advocate of the sanctuary proposal, Council-members Mark Matta, and Denise Swanner, State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, and Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thompson. 

According to a press release, the event will be held at the Buffalo Wallow Park in Odessa on Saturday, May 8 beginning at 11 AM. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Several other cities in West Texas have taken up and adopted the ordinance, including the Cities of Goldsmith and Big Spring.  

The ordinances prohibit abortion providers from operating abortion clinics inside city limits.

The event comes right as a record turnout of voters in Lubbock are heading to the polls to cast votes on a citizen-led pro-life sanctuary ordinance that was placed on the ballot by citizen petition when the Lubbock City Council refused to support the measure.  The Lubbock initiative will be decided on May 1, election day. 

Matt Stringer is a journalist from Odessa, Texas.