Gilmer, Texas is located in Upshur County.  

During Upshur County's 2016 Presidential Election 82.5% voted Republican, 14.9% voted Democrat, and 2.7% voted for other candidates. 

During the 2018 Republican Party Primary, voters had the opportunity to vote on proposition #7. This proposition gave voters the chance to voice their opinion if they were "In Favor" or "Against" this following statement: " I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas." In Upshur County, out of 4,940 votes, 3,935 voted in favor of the idea of abolishing abortion in the state of Texas and 1,005 voted against the idea abolishing abortion in the state of Texas.   

The population of the city of Gilmer, Texas is 5,216.

On September 24th, 2019 the City Council of Gilmer voted on a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance. The vote was 4-1 in favor of passing the ordinance. There were two council members that were not present for the vote. 

Unlike the ordinances passed in the first five cities, the Gilmer Ordinance does not ban the sale and distribution of “emergency contraception.”  Because of this these products that can cause an abortion are still on the shelves of businesses within the city and some types of abortion services could still exist within the city limits. This is a great concern to us and a reminder that the fight to end all abortions in Gilmer, Texas is far from over. The ordinance does, however, prevent surgical and medical abortion clinics from moving into the city and setting up shop. 

In taking this action the City of Gilmer became the sixth city to outlaw surgical and medical abortions in the nation.

In the News

CBS 19 - July 23rd, 2019

Gilmer Residents Hear Abortion Ban Pitch At City Council Meeting (Video)

By Chloe Bradford

Longview News-Journal - July 23rd, 2019

Longview Pastor Takes “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” Pitch to Gilmer; Mayor Wants to Look at “Legal Ramifications”

By Glenn Evans

KTBS 3 ABC - July 24th, 2019

Gilmer Residents Discuss Abortion Ban at City Council Meeting (video)

The Texan - July 26th, 2019

Pro-Life Movement Promotes “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn” in Abilene, Gilmer

By Daniel Friend

The Gilmer Mirror - August 7th, 2019

Improving Streets Declaring Sanctuary for Unborn Among Topics at Gilmer City Council Meeting

By Philip Williams

CRIT-LARGE - September 22nd, 2019

Making Texas a Sanctuary for the Unborn

By Preston Kelly

KLTV 7 - September 23rd, 2019

WEBEXTRA: Gilmer Could Become Next East Texas City To Ban Abortions

By Brenna Burger

KLTV 7 - September 23rd, 2019

2 East Texas Towns Discuss Banning Abortions Within City Limits

By Brenna Burger

CRIT-LARGE - September 24th, 2019

Gilmer: Sanctuary For the Unborn

By Preston Kelly

Longview News-Journal - September 24th, 2019

Gilmer Latest East Texas City to Adopt Anti-Abortion Ordinance

By Kristen Barton

CBS 19 - September 24th, 2019

Gilmer Becomes Sixth Texas City to Ban Abortion, Declare Itself ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

By Matthew Copeland

KLTV 7 - September 24th, 2019

Gilmer Becomes Sixth City in the Nation to Pass “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” Ordinance 

By Stephanie Frazier 

KETK / Fox 51 - September 24th, 2019

Tenaha, Gilmer Pass Ordinances Becoming Sanctuary Cities and Outlawing Abortion 

By Patrick Cunningham 

The Texan - September 25th, 2019

Three More East Texas Towns Pass “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” Ordinances 

By Daniel Friend 

Live Action - September 27th, 2019

Texas City of Gilmer Becomes Latest in State to Pass ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ Ordinance 

By Bridget Sielicki

Washington Post - October 1st, 2019

Antiabortion Law Spreads in East Texas as ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ Movement Expands

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux 

Dallas Observer - October 14th, 2019

Fed Up With Legislative Moderation, Texas Anti-Abortion Activists Take To The Cities

By Stephen Young  

Texas Tribune - October 15th, 2019

Anti-Abortion Activists Take Their Fight To Small-Town East Texas

By Edgar Walters 

The Daily Signal - October 23rd, 2019

Why These 6 Towns Became ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’ 

By Jackson Elliott

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KETK / NBC - September 24th, 2019

Gilmer to Discuss Ordinance Outlawing Abortion Tuesday Night

By Trenton Bennett

KETK / NBC - September 24th, 2019

Tenaha, Gilmer Pass Ordinances Becoming Sanctuary Cities and Outlawing Abortion

By Trenton Bennett