Adam Matthews resigns as Main Street president

Lebanon council member Adam Mathews addresses chambers after to citizens spoke before council voted on a proposed ordinance that would declare the city of 20,000 in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, a "sanctuary city for the unborn," Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Lebanon, Ohio. City Council voted to outlaw abortions performed within the city limits.

The Lebanon City Council member who brought abortion ban legislation to Ohio has resigned from his position as president of the city’s downtown development organization.

Council member Adam Mathews served as president of the board of directors of Main Street Lebanon, a group of 146 business owners that works to improve and promote the central business district in this Southwest Ohio city of 20,000.  

Mathews co-sponsored city legislation in May to declare Lebanon a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The ordinance makes it illegal to provide an abortion, aid an abortion, provide money or transportation for an abortion and provide instructions for an abortion in Lebanon. The city has no abortion clinics and there are no plans to build a clinic.

Main Street Lebanon conducted an anonymous survey in July asking businesses to compare their sales this year after the council passed the abortion ban to the same three weeks in 2020 and 2019. 

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