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Texas Abortion Restrictions

Key Texas abortion opponent sees Supreme Court decision as validation to keep fighting

Mark Lee Dickson helped Texas towns ban abortion. On Friday, the Supreme Court declined to block a state law modeled on his ordinance. “We can go anywhere now,” he said.

Mark Lee Dickson bows his head as Pastor Scott Beard prays during a worship service at the FountainGate Fellowship church in Abilene on Sunday.
An attendee of a worship service at FountainGate Fellowship church in Abilene holds her arms up in praise on Dec. 12, 2021.
An attendee of New Hope Church in Abilene places his bible down as he signs the Project Destiny Abilene petition to add the abortion ban ordinance on the ballot in the next election, on Dec. 12, 2021. 7,500 signatures are needed in order for the ordinance to be put forward on the Abilene City Council’s agenda for a vote.

Local success spurred state law

Kids hold signs supporting Proposition A, a local ordinatnce which would ban abortions in the city of Lubbock on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Mark Lee Dickson speaks during a Proposition A watch party at the Trinity Church in Lubbock on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Legal challenges leave law in place

The fight continues

Mark Lee Dickson speaks during a worship service at New Hope Church in Abilene on Dec. 12, 2021, calling on the audience to sign the petition to add the abortion ban ordinance on the ballot next election. “There’s coming a day here in Abilene that we’re going to see Abilene become a sanctuary city for the unborn,” he said. “There are going to be a lot of unborn children leaping in their mothers’ wombs at that decision.”

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