Bakersfield City Council to consider anti-abortion resolution Monday

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The Bakersfield City Council is bracing for a large turnout when a key committee considers an anti-abortion resolution.

The Bakersfield Californian reports the resolution to be voted on Monday praises groups that favor "alternatives to abortion." The resolution was drafted after the city attorney said an ordinance could open the city to litigation. That earlier ordinance would have made it "unlawful within the city of Bakersfield for any entity to receive any form of consideration for the purpose of killing any inhabitants of the city."

If the resolution is approved by the Legislative and Litigation Committee, it still needs a majority vote from the City Council. Since resolutions don't carry the weight of law, it would not be enforced.

Anti-abortion advocates favor an ordinance restricting abortion, but others say public officials should stay out of the issue.

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