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Rusk, Texas

Rusk, Texas is located in Cherokee County.  


During Cherokee County's 2016 Presidential Election 76.9% voted Republican, 20.7% voted Democrat, and 2.4% 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 Cherokee County, out of 5,875 votes, 4,618 voted in favor of the idea of abolishing abortion in the state of Texas and 1,257 voted against the idea abolishing abortion in the state of Texas.   


The population of the city of Rusk, Texas is 5,618.


On November 21st, 2019 the City Council of Rusk voted on the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance. The  City Council voted 3-0 to table the ordinance so that all members of the City Council could vote on the measure on January 9th, 2020. 


On January 9th, 2020 the City Council of Rusk untabled the Sanctuary City for the Unborn Ordinance for a vote. The vote by the City Council was 3 in favor and 2 against.  In taking this action the City of  Rusk became the eighth city to outlaw abortion in the nation.


In the News


CRIT-LARGE - November 6th, 2019

The Continued Texas Fight to Outlaw Abortion

By Preston Tyler


The Henderson News - November 23rd, 2019

Grassroots Effort Gains Area Momentum

By Amber Lollar


Jacksonville Progress - November 23rd, 2019

Rusk Council Tables Vote for Sanctuary City for Unborn Children

By Jo Anne Embleton


The Cherokeean Herald - November 27th, 2019

Rusk Council Tables Making Decision on Abortion Ordinance

By Cristin Parker


Buffalo Gap Round-Up News - January 2020

The Message Is Simple: No Unborn Children Will Be Murdered In Sanctuary Cities

By Mark Lee Dickson


The Texan - January 10th, 2020

Rusk City Council Approves Sanctuary for the Unborn Ordinance

By Daniel Friend


LifeNews - January 10th, 2020

8th Texas City Bans Abortion, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

By Micaiah Bilger 


The Cherokeean Herald - January 10th, 2020

Rusk Adopts Sanctuary Ordinance in 3-2 Vote

By Josie Fox and Cristin Parker


Jacksonville Progress - January 11th, 2020

Rusk City Council Votes to Become Sanctuary City for Unborn

By Jo Anne Embleton 


East Texas Matters - January 12th, 2020

City of Rusk Passes Ordinance To Become 8th Sanctuary City for the Unborn

By Mintie Betts 


CRIT-LARGE - January 13th, 2020

Rusk: Sanctuary for the Unborn

By Preston Kelly


The Cherokeean Herald - January 15th, 2020

Rusk Becomes ‘Sanctuary for Unborn’ City

By Cristin Parker and Josie Fox


The Texas Tribune - January 15th, 2020

Three More Texas Towns Try to Ban Abortion

By Edgar Walters


Live Action - January 15th, 2020

East Texas City With Over 5,500 Residents Becomes Eighth ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

By Mark Lee Dickson


Longview News Journal - January 16th, 2020

Three Texas Towns Vote in Favor of ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’; ET Town To Vote Tonight

By Staff and Wire Reports


The Dallas Observer - January 16th, 2020

Abortion Sanctuary Movement Continues It’s Long March Through Small-Town Texas

By Stephen Young


Fox News - January 16th, 2020

Banning Abortion, More Texas Towns Become ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’

By Caleb Parke


The Cut - January 17th, 2020

Towns in Texas Keep Becoming ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’

By Bridget Read


Sanctuary Status

About the Ordinance

 The Rusk Ordinance


First Pitch / Vote

November 21st, 2019

Result: Tabled 3-0


Second Pitch / Vote

January 9th, 2020

Result: Ordinance Passes 3-2


Result of Vote

Surgical and Medical abortions are outlawed in Rusk, Texas. 


ARTICLES WE RECOMMEND

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The Texan - January 10th, 2020

Rusk City Council Approves Sanctuary for the Unborn Ordinance

By Daniel Friend


CRIT-LARGE - January 13th, 2020

Rusk: Sanctuary for the Unborn

By Preston Kelly


Live Action - January 15th, 2020

East Texas City With Over 5,500 Residents Becomes Eighth ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

By Mark Lee Dickson

RUSK SPEAKS OUT!

Why Rusk Residents Want To See Abortion Outlawed in Their City

 “Abortion is murder , plain and simple ! Murder should always be illegal. It should not be regulated and taxpayer funded to end the lives of the most defenseless humans among us . I do not want a abortion based business anywhere near me or in my state or in my country." - Stephen M.


"It goes against what God says." - Rachel H.


"Every baby has a purpose! God doesn’t make mistakes. It shouldn’t be allowed because murder is MURDER! - Jennifer P.


"It is murder of God created humans who are a blessing and gift to our world." - Susan H.


 "Everyone deserves a chance to live and to be born." - Kimberly W.


"I am 100% pro-life!!! It’s simple. I don’t believe in Murder." - Angela B.


"I believe it is murder." - Rhonda M.


"Life is a gift from God given at conception. Taking a life through abortion is the same as murder." - Edward H.


 "Because we are called to defend the defenseless and to speak for those who have no voice. Because life, which begins at conception is God’s image. Because doing nothing is tacit consent for societal ills." - Brian G. 

 

"Killing babies is not good. Too many couples who can’t have children of their own would love to adopt these children." - Mandy M. 


"Bible says it’s murder. - Donna Jeter H.



“Murder of the innocent is immoral, and should never be tolerated.” - Preston S.


“Yes, I want to see abortion outlawed in Rusk, Texas.” - Wendy R.


“I support the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.” - Sally W.


“Abortion is murder. Babies in the womb have a right to live.” - Rachel P.  


"It's killing a baby. Period." - Donovan M.

"I believe that the innocent should always be protected and the Bible says before I formed you in the womb I knew you." - Mary T.


"It’s murder. There are too many people who can have children who would love to adopt a baby . So why kill them. I will never understand how anyone rationalizes abortion. It’s never okay." - Alicia B.

Grassroots Petitions

District One Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized in District 1 to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


The City Council member of District 1 is Ben Middlebrooks.


A total of 87 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from District 1. 

District Two Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized in District 2 to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


The City Council member of District 2 is Walter Sessions.


A total of 37 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from District 2.


District Three Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized in District 3 to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


The City Council member of District 3 is Martin Holsome.


A total of 201 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from District 3. 

District 4 Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized in District 4 to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


The City Council member of District 4 is Martha Neely.


A total of 170 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from District 4. 

District 5 Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized in District 5 to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


The City Council member of District 5 is Frances Long.


A total of 69 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from District 5. 

First Baptist Church of Rusk Speaks Out!

A Grassroots effort was organized at First Baptist Church of Rusk to obtain signatures of Rusk residents in favor of the City of Rusk outlawing abortion and becoming a Sanctuary City of the Unborn. 


A total of 57 signatures in favor of the City of Rusk becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn was collected from First Baptist Church of Rusk, Texas.

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Video TestimonIES

The Testimony of Amy Blackwell - 01-09-2020


Amy Blackwell, who was born and raised in Rusk, Texas, gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Amy is a published author and an ambassador of Right to Life of East Texas and the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative.

Testimony of Mark Lee Dickson - 01-09-2020


Mark Lee Dickson, a Director with Right to Life of East Texas, gives testimony on January 9th, 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

The Testimony of Joel Enge - 01-09-2020


Joel Enge gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk, Texas passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk, Texas a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Joel is the founder and director at Kingdom Life Academy in Tyler Texas.

The Testimony of Jon Valentine - 01-09-2020


Pastor Jon Valentine, a resident of Rusk, Texas, gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Jon is the pastor at Maranatha Worship Center in Maydelle, Texas.

Testimony of Pastor Keith Hassell - 01-09-2020 


Pastor Keith Hassell, a resident of Rusk Texas, gives testimony on January 9th, 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Keith is the pastor at Grace Fellowship in Rusk, Texas.

The Testimony of Katrina Burns - 01-09-2020


Katrina Burns, a resident of Rusk Texas, gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

The Testimony of Stephen Miller - 01-09-2020 


Stephen Miller, a resident of Rusk Texas, gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

Testimony of Rachel Holsome - 01-09-2020


Rachel Holsome, a resident of Rusk, Texas, gives testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

Testimony of Katherine Pitcher - 01-09-2020


Katherine Pitcher, a legislative associate with Texas Right To Life, gives testimony on January 9th, 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

The Testimony of Jackson Milton - 01-09-2020


Jackson Milton, a Legislative and Political Associate with Texas Right To Life, gives a testimony on January 9th 2020 in favor of the City of Rusk passing an enforceable ordinance which would outlaw abortion within the city limits and make Rusk a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.