Joaquin, Texas

Joaquin, Texas is located in Shelby County.  

During Shelby County's 2016 Presidential Election 79.1% voted Republican, 18.5% voted Democrat, and 2.0% 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 Shelby County, out of 3,018 votes, 2,421 voted in favor of the idea of abolishing abortion in the state of Texas and 597 voted against the idea abolishing abortion in the state of Texas.   

The population of the city of Joaquin, Texas is 850.

On September 17th, 2019 the City Council of Joaquin voted on the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance. The vote was unanimous. In taking this action the City of Joaquin became the fourth city to outlaw abortion in the nation. 

In the News

KTBS 3 ABC - September 15th, 2019

Councilman in East Texas Town Seeks to Ban Abortions

By Charles Quigley

ArkLaTex Homepage - September 17th, 2019

Joaquin City Council Approves Designation As Sanctuary City for Unborn

By KTAL / KMSS Staff  

Texas Right To Life - September 18th, 2019

Fourth Texas Town Passes Ordinance Banning Abortions Within City Limits

By Texas Right To Life

KETK / FOX 51 - September 19th, 2019

Joaquin City Council Approves City Ordinance, Becomes 4th 'Sanctuary City for the Unborn" 

By Mintie Betts

Texas Observer - September 19th, 2019

Some Small Texas Towns Are Declaring Themselves ''Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn'

By Sophie Novack

Faithwire - September 20th, 2019

Texas Town Marks Constitution Day By Becoming Sanctuary City For Unborn

By Will Maule

Life News - September 22nd, 2019

City Becomes a "Sanctuary for the Unborn," Calls Abortion Murder of a Living Human Being

By Micaiah Bilger

KTRE - September 25th, 2019

City of Joaquin Adopts Ordinance Outlawing Abortion, Emergency Contraceptives

By Khyati Patel 

The Texan - September 25th, 2019

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

By Daniel Friend 

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

The Dallas Observer - December 27th, 2019

At the End of A Tumultuous Year, What’s Next For Texans’ Reproductive Rights?

By Stephen Young

WORLD Magazine - January 2nd, 2020 (Issue Date - January 18th, 2020) 

Abominable Enterprise: A Year In Abortion Battles 

By Leah Hickman

Sanctuary Status

About the Ordinance

The Joaquin Ordinance

First Pitch / Vote

September 17th, 2019

Result: Ordinance Passes, 5-0

Result of Vote

Surgical and Medical abortions are outlawed in Joaquin, Texas. The sale and distribution of Emergency Contraception is also outlawed.


Fox 33 - September 17th, 2019

Joaquin City Council Approves Designation as Sanctuary City for Unborn

Joaquin’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to designate the municipality a sanctuary city for the unborn, meaning no abortions will allowed inside city limits.



 Jonathan Stickland - Texas State Representative for House District 92

Facebook Status - October 2nd, 2019

"Last session my (wonderful) staff came up with an idea to offer an amendment to an obscure bill. It reaffirmed that cities could ban abortion, something none of them had ever tried. My colleagues had no idea what we were doing at the time. I love seeing that little spark turn into a wildfire across Texas. #prolife #onward"

Link Shared: 

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

From: Texas Tribune

 A Special Message from LTC Allen West Concerning Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn

October 31st, 2019