July 20, 2021

Pro-Abortion Groups File Unusual Class-Action Lawsuit Over Texas Heartbeat Law

Last Tuesday, a coalition of pro-abortion groups and individuals filed a class-action lawsuit over a new Texas law that will ban the abortion of unborn children whose heartbeats can be detected (generally at six weeks). This case will be very different from other legal battles over pro-life legislation because of the Texas law's unique enforcement mechanism.

The Texas heartbeat law, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, allows individuals to file lawsuits against abortionists or anybody who aids them in aborting an unborn child after the child's heartbeat would be detectable. This is different from normal pro-life laws, which are enforced directly by states.

The pro-abortion coalition didn't just file a lawsuit against the state to challenge the constitutionality of the heartbeat law. The Texan reported that the "unusual lawsuit" was filed “against the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the entire Texas court system, and one individual man: Mark Lee Dickson, founder of the ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative.'”

Dickson is a pastor and the director of Right to Life East Texas. He helps cities throughout Texas and the rest of the country become sanctuary cities for the unborn. These cities enact ordinances banning abortion within city limits. He was included as a defendant for posting on Facebook that he is willing to file lawsuits against abortionists if they violate the heartbeat law.

In a statement to Live Action News, Dickson said,

“Does the sound of our heartbeat mean more outside the womb than it did when we were inside our mother’s womb? Are we really any more human than the babies we see on the ultrasound monitors? Texans cannot ignore the facts. We all came from our mother’s womb. Many of us, in bringing our own children into this world, have heard the heartbeat and have seen the 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasounds. How could we ignore those unmistakable evidences of life? This is, most certainly, a fight worth fighting.”

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