Hayes Center is first Nebraska town to make abortion illegal and punishable by law

Small Nebraska town makes a big stand against abortion in a fight against the Biden Administration’s promise to have abortion access in every zip code in America
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Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It started with a petition and a prayer, the actions of a nearly all-woman board, and a man from Texas - oh, and a small town with a passion; for the “Right to Life.”

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Hayes Center, Nebraska is quietly tucked away in west-central Nebraska, but it is being heard. The population is just under 300, but the town has all the makings of a city - a public school, motel, grocery store, library, feedlot, pig farm (to name a few), and a leader who knows her constituents.

Village Chair Kimberle Primavera visited with the Village of Hayes Center Board of Trustees about a month ago about a petition for the “Right to Life” in a very pro-active way. Primavera, a transplant from the Lincoln area, was intrigued and inspired by the movement sweeping across the State of Texas - 23 Texas towns passing enforceable ordinances outlawing abortion with several more in the process of working toward that end including Lubbock, Texas (population 264,000). The citizens of Lubbock are voting on outlawing abortion within their city limits on May 1, 2021. The biggest Texas town outlawing abortion to date is Big Spring, population 28,362.

According to the founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Mark Lee Dickson of Texas, the reason for the movement is a proactive stand against the “promise by the Biden Administration to make abortion access available to every zip code in America during the administration.” Hayes Center is the only incorporated city in the 69032 zip code.

Dickson proudly wears the badge of being the only person currently involved in three one-million-dollar lawsuits for saying on social media that:

The Board of Trustees took a stand and voted to make President Biden’s promise impossible in their town at a Hayes Center meeting on Tuesday, April 6.

Dickson made the trip to Hayes Center last week with a draft of an ordinance made specifically for Hayes Center. He explains that every town’s ordinance looks different depending on the town’s size and laws already in place.

Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)
Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)
Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)
Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)
Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)
Ordinance by Hayes Center
Ordinance by Hayes Center(Courtesy Photo)

Dickson also says while other towns have passed resolutions to be pro-life, a resolution does nothing to enforce the statement of “pro-life.” He wonders how the Governor of Nebraska Pete Ricketts will react to Hayes Center’s stance after regularly announcing Nebraska as a “pro-life state.”

This new ordinance in Hayes Center is enforceable. Due to existing statutes, a $500 fine for an offense of abortion in Hayes Center is as severe as they are allowed to punish an offender. The punishment varies from city to city.

The Hayes Center Ordinance outlawing abortion declares: “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the Village of Hayes Center, Nebraska,” and “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the Village of Hayes Center, Nebraska.”

The ordinance reads that it does not include Plan B, birth control devices, or oral contraceptives. However, it does include abortion-inducing drugs. Any drugs administered by an abortion clinic with the intent to “kill an unborn” are considered contraband. According to the ordinance, these drugs include “mifepristone, misoprostol, and any drug or medication that is used to terminate the life of an unborn,” according to the ordinance.

If the Village of Hayes Center should find itself in a lawsuit, Attorney Jonathan F. Mitchell, former Texas Solicitor General, has agreed to represent the city at no cost to the city or taxpayers.

Dickson challenges cities and churches to start speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and make changes and put forth efforts toward helping women when they find themselves in a difficult situation in ways that preserve life.

If anyone wishes to work toward making another town or city in Nebraska (or anywhere) a Sanctuary City for the Unborn they can sign the online petition at

This is a developing story. Interviews with Dickson and Primavera will be shared soon.

Following is Dickson’s biography:

Mark Lee Dickson is a Texas-born and raised pro-life activist who fights for the rights of all human beings from conception till natural death. Dickson and his pro-life activism seeking to defend the lives of the unborn and those who are medically vulnerable in hospitals has been featured in various news outlets including Fox News, CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Dickson is, perhaps, best known for leading two dozen cities throughout Texas and one in Nebraska in the passing of enforceable ordinances outlawing abortion within their city limits. According to the Washington Times, Dickson may also be the first to have been sued in a defamation lawsuit by the abortion industry for calling abortion murder. Dickson serves as a Director with Right to Life of East Texas, a Pastor of SovereignLOVE Church in Longview, Texas, and the founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative. Mark Lee Dickson’s work with the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative can be followed at

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