Willey, a Carroll County town of about 100 people, is the first in Iowa and 49th in the nation to adopt an enforceable abortion ban, according to Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life of East Texas and Founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative.
Dickson has been involved in helping to pass similar ordinances in dozens of Texas cities and at least two in Nebraska, USA Today has reported. He attended the meeting Monday in Willey along with about 30 others, the Carroll paper said.
“Cities like Willey fall into a pretty large group of America,” Dickson said Monday, according to the Times Herald. “I see Willey as just as much of a city as New York is.”
Willey's ordinance contradicts current federal law protected by Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. But a draft Supreme Court opinion published by Politico on Monday suggested the court is considering a decision that would overturn Roe.