Planned Parenthood Drops Lawsuit Against Lubbock, Texas, over Abortion Ban Ordinance

Planned Parenthood Drops Lawsuit Against Lubbock, Texas, over Abortion Ban Ordinance

Planned Parenthood dropped its lawsuit against the city of Lubbock, Texas, Thursday over its ban on abortions since it adopted an ordinance its voters approved in May 2021 that designated the city a “sanctuary city for the unborn.”

Lubbock, Texas, became the largest city in the United States to declare itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” the 26th in the nation to outlaw abortion. https://t.co/L9bH5NpzXW

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 3, 2021

Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative, said in a comment posted to Facebook:

We are thrilled that Planned Parenthood has dropped its lawsuit against the city of Lubbock, which was meritless from the outset. The city has no role in enforcing this abortion ban, so it cannot be sued by those who oppose the ordinance.

"Planned Parenthood Abandons Legal Challenge to Lubbock's Abortion Ban at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals."FOR…

Posted by Right to Life of East Texas on Friday, January 21, 2022

As Breitbart News reported in September 2020, Lubbock’s mayor and city council considered the ordinance after sufficient signatures were gathered by Lubbock citizens to allow for a city council vote. The council ultimately voted 7-0 against the ordinance, reasoning that the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade is considered by many to be the “law of the land.”

Subsequently, however, the Initiative and Referendum process allowed for Lubbock residents to place the ordinance on the ballot and to vote on it themselves on May 1, 2021.

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said in a statement at that time that “voters made it clear that Lubbock will become the next sanctuary city for the unborn.”

Dr. Susan Berry