By Kim Schwartz, Texas Right to Life
Pro-Life advocate Mark Lee Dickson has emerged victorious as the Supreme Court of Texas dismissed the frivolous lawsuit against him by abortion groups. The Lilith Fund and The Afiya Center sued Dickson and Right to Life of East Texas for defamation because he said they “exist to help pregnant Mothers murder their babies” and “murder innocent unborn children.”
Fortunately, the Supreme Court of Texas has come to the defense of free speech and rejected this baseless lawsuit against Dickson.
Texas Right to Life filed a court brief urging the Supreme Court of Texas to protect the free speech rights of all Pro-Life Texans.
Had the Supreme Court of Texas allowed the lawsuit against Dickson to continue, it would have opened the door for abortion groups to censor the speech of all Texans advocating for the lives of the preborn.
It’s shameful that abortion groups are using abusive lawsuits to silence Americans, and this is a threat to the fundamental principles of a democratic republic and free speech.
Texas Right to Life is no stranger to such attacks from the abortion industry. We have been sued 14 times by Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. They aim to cancel us and to destroy the Texas Heartbeat Act altogether. The price tag to defend against these lawsuits so far has reached over $300,000, and there’s no end in sight. Abortionists simply want to sue Texas Right to Life and all Pro-Life Texans out of existence.
While the victory in the Pro-Life free speech case is a significant win for the movement, there is still much work to be done to end the scourge of abortion and restore a Culture of Life in our society. We must continue to fight against illegal abortions, support pregnant mothers, and restore Pro-Life values in health care to uphold the dignity of human Life at all stages.
The battle for the rights of preborn children is far from over, but we remain committed to fighting for the cause of life and defending the fundamental right to free speech for all Pro-Life advocates.