November 17, 2014 — The Rossville, Ga., City Council last week unanimously passed an ordinance banning abortion clinics within city limits and prohibiting most abortions, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
Although there are no abortion clinics in the city, Rossville Mayor Teddy Harris said the ordinance would help keep the city "peaceful" and avoid "drama" from protesters. He added that he does not consider abortion clinics to be "appropriate for [the] city."
Ninety-six percent of Georgia counties have no abortion clinics, including Walker County, where Rossville is located, according to the Times Free Press. There were 19 clinics statewide as of 2011.
The new ordinance also states that abortions may not be performed in Rossville unless the procedure is necessary to save a woman's life and performed by a licensed physician at a hospital. The physician also must certify the fetus could not survive outside the womb (Smith, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/11).