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NY Post
New York Post
2 Sep 2023


NextImg:Texas activists push for ‘trafficking’ laws to prevent abortions

Conservative activists in Texas have developed a new strategy to prevent abortions: making it illegal to use local roads to bring those seeking the procedure to states where it is legal.

Abortion critics in eastern Texas are targeting regions along interstate highways and near airports, urging local counties and cities to adopt ordinances that would effectively confine pregnant women in the antiabortion state, according to the Washington Post.

Pastor Mark Lee Dickson, who heads up Right to Life of East Texas, is behind the push to pass what he calls “trafficking” rules, which would empower citizens to sue those who transport women along local roads to seek abortions.

Abortion is largely banned in Texas after the state passed new restrictions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

According to Dickson, trafficking occurs because “the unborn child is always taken against their will.”

The ordinance would not punish the pregnant woman, Dickson told the newspaper.

Llano, a city in central Texas, considered the measure last month but tabled the vote on Friday, according to reports.

Pastor Mark Lee Dickson is lobbying for municipalities to adopt anti-trafficking ordinances to prevent abortion.
Twitter/@MarkLeeDickson
Pro abortion protest in Austin, Texas
Abortion rights activists marched near the State Capitol in Austin last summer after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
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Roosevelt County Commission in Texas
In January, the Roosevelt County Commission in New Mexico voted to adopt an ordinance outlawing abortion, becoming part of a growing movement of Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn.
Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn

Mayor Marion Bishop said the law would be difficult to enforce and is mostly symbolic.

“Is it absolutely necessary? No,” she told the newspaper. “Does it make a statement? Yes, it does.”

The Texas cities of Lubbock and Odessa are among those considering the trafficking ordinance, according to reports.

Dickson is also behind the push to create Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, which encourages cities and towns to adopt ordinances such as trafficking measures.

In 2019, Waksom, Texas, became the first city to join the movement, which now includes 67 municipalities spread throughout the Lone Star state, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Illinois, according to Dickson’s website.

Mitchell County Commission in Texas
Last month, Mitchell County in Texas voted to join Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, which outlaws abortion and abortion “trafficking” in the unincorporated parts of the county.
Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn

Demonstrators

Demonstrators protest against the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last year.
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Goliad County Commission in Texas
The Goliad County Commission in Texas voted to adopt an ordinance outlawing abortion and “trafficking” in the unincorporated part of the county.

Lawyer Jonathan Mitchell, the former Texas Solicitor General, is also an architect of the sanctuary movement.

Mitchell is the author of the so-called “heartbeat” bill that led to the overturn of Roe v. Wade.