A federal court has dropped the hammer on Planned Parenthood and threw out a lawsuit challenging a ban on abortion in the city of Lubbock, Texas.
Lubbock citizens approved an ordinance that outlawed abortion within Lubbock’s city limits. This action was immediately met with outrage and the promise of legal action from the abortion industry.
U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix threw both Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union out on the grounds that neither group had jurisdiction to bring about the lawsuit.
The decision was received with celebration by Lubbock’s citizens, while Planned Parenthood and its many allies vowed not to give up the fight.
While both Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are free to bring the lawsuit back to court, they will have to find a solution to their jurisdiction problem.
Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life of East Texas, reacted to the ruling saying, “We have said from the beginning that this ordinance is completely bulletproof from pre-enforcement lawsuits. The Court’s ruling today is an emphatic vindication of that.”
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