BAKERSFIELD, CA - An abortion rights group is speaking out against a proposed ordinance they say violates consitutional rights and opens the door for lawsuits against the city of Bakersfield. While supporters of the Human Life Ordinance say it would solve a moral issue, subjecting anyone who has an abortion to a $10,000 lawsuit.
The city council is expected to reconsider the Human Life Ordinance, after it was tabled earlier this year.
An abortion rights group is planning to voice its opposition at Wednesday's city council meeting. But anti-abortion protesters say the ordinance is necessary.
Anti-abortion activist Rosalyn Strode said, "An abortion is murder and there is nothing redeeming about it. It's the most selfish act that a woman can do."
Strode says the city should not allow facilities where abortions are performed.
"We need to preserve life at any cost because it is a moral defect in 2013 that so many babies have been killed," she said.
Strode says a solution to this has been created through a proposed Human Life Ordinance. It would place restrictions on termination of life, making it unlawful for any entity to receive any form of consideration for the purpose of killing any inhabitants of the city. Anyone who violates the ordinance would be subject to a $10,000 lawsuit.
Abortion rights activist Jennifer Smith is part of a group planning to speak out against the ordinance. She says it's too broad.
"This ordinance would leave Bakersfield open to millions of dollars of lawsuits and quite frankly I don't want my tax payer money going to defending an ordinance that we already know is unconstitutional," said Smith.
Smith says there are other issues with the proposal as well.
"It would be very hard to find someone who'd be willing to perform abortions, it may be hard to find certain kinds of birth control, or people who would in vItro fertilization. The ordinance itself defines a person of Kern county as any form of human life from its very beginning," said Smith.
Supporters say the ordinance is necessary.
Strode said, "There is health risks in murdering little bitty babies there is moral issues with murdering babies. It's immoral."
The abortion rights group plans to speak at the city council meeting Wednesday at 5:15pm.