Abortion abolitionist group causes controversy outside Burleson, Crowley schools

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 9:15 PM

BURLESON –– A group that wants to abolish abortion is causing concern in Burleson after exhibiting graphic images of aborted fetuses outside a high school during a protest.

The Abolitionist Society of Burleson is one of two North Texas chapters that are operational. The group spent last week targeting Crowley North High School by protesting alongside blown up photos of the fetuses and of body parts. 

A number of YouTube videos circulating online show outraged parents and students confronting the protesters.

Burleson ISD has been dealing with complaints this week as the group moved outside of its high school.

"My parents absolutely wouldn't want me to see that," said Gabrielle Wood, a junior. 

Most of the images are too graphic to show. But the local group's founder, Jered Ragon, said the methodology is necessary to get their point across.

"It's not this sanitized thing," he said. "It's horrible and should be opposed."

Asked if the group could use less graphic images to make the point, Ragon acknowledged they could. He said sometimes they do display other, larger photos that aren't objectionable.

Ragon is no stranger to controversy. He served 15 months in prison for attempting to detonate a “Molotov” cocktail inside a Burleson-area church under construction in 2007.

The Burleson chapter has about two dozen members, according to Ragon. He expects that figure to keep increasing.

Burleson ISD issued the below statement: 

"The demonstration has taken place in the public right of way and has not interfered with school operations. Burleson ISD is in no way affiliated with this demonstration and neither endorses nor opposes the viewpoints of this organization."

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