A Pro-Life Activist Called Abortion Advocacy Groups ‘Criminal Organizations.’ 

  • The organizations sued Dickson for defamation, but on Friday the Texas Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Jane Bland, wrote that “the challenged statements are protected opinion about abortion law made in pursuit of changing that law, placing them at the heart of protected speech under the United States and Texas Constitutions.”
  • The justices wrote that Dickson “did not urge or threaten violence, nor did he misrepresent the underlying conduct in expressing his opinions about it.”
  • Therefore, Texas Scorecard reported, the defamation lawsuits against him were dismissed and labeled attempts to “chill a citizen’s exercise of free speech.”