20th Annual Walk for Life
Texas Alliance for Life’s 20th Annual Walk for Life is a pro-life walk-a-thon to raise funds to build a culture of life in Texas. Our goal is to raise $70,000 in pledges
The Walk for Life is easy. You register as a walker, get pledges, and walk two miles. We collect the donations. You can join one of our four convenient walk sites in Central Texas on Saturday, May 10, or you can simply walk on your own. Click here for more information.
There are two ways to register as a walker.
1. Click here register as a walker online. Look for the Participate button. You will receive your own web page that can personalized with photos, videos, and posts to Facebook and Twitter.
2. Or call us at 512.477.1244 to register and we will send you a pledge form for getting pledges.
Click here to sponsor a walker.
Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Pro-Life House Bill 2
AUSTIN --Today, a three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in the State's favor, overturning a federal district court's ruling, to completely uphold two challenged provisions of Texas' pro-life law, House Bill 2.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers sued Texas on September 30, 2013, over two provisions in the women's health bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Texas Legislature last summer. The provisions include a requirement that abortion physicians have admitting privileges at a local hospital and a requirement that abortion physicians administer the RU-486 abortion regimen in person and in accordance with FDA protocol.
"We are pleased that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agrees with the overwhelming majority of the Texas Legislature that the state has a right to increase safety standards at abortion facilities to protect the health and safety of women," said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.
"We commend Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and his Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell for diligently and effectively defending this reasonable law against attacks from the abortion industry," he added.
Whole Woman's Health Closes Abortion Facilities in Beaumont and McAllen
AUSTIN -- Whole Woman's Health announced yesterday that it is permanently closing two of its six Texas abortion facilities, those in Beaumont and McAllen. The reason given was their inability to comply with new safety provisions in HB 2, which includes a requirement that physicians performing abortions must have active admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Whole Woman's Health abortion facility in McAllen stopped providing abortions on November 1, when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the provisions of House Bill 2 to be enforced pending a final ruling on Planned Parenthood v. Abbott.
The reason for the closure of the Beaumont abortion facility does not seem to be directly related to HB 2. The physician who regularly performed abortions there did have privileges at a local hospital and continued to regularly perform abortions after HB 2 went into effect. Rather, the closure seems to be more directly related to the deplorable conditions of the facility itself and to serious violations of state safety laws that have existed for years.
On October 28, 2013, Texas Alliance for Life distributed a news release that showed four of Whole Woman's Health abortion facilities have been cited by the Texas Department of State Health Services for violating safety regulations. The violations at the Beaumont and McAllen facilities were among the most egregious.
Eileen Romano, the director of 40 Days for Life Beaumont/Southwest Louisiana, suspects the reason for the closure is the failure of the facility to keep a nurse on staff, as required by law. She said, "The conditions inside are so deplorable that the staff turnover was extremely high. We observed that at least 62 employees have quit since September 2010. Most recently, the only nurse on staff, an LVN, quit four weeks ago just before the facility stopped doing abortions."
Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life said, "Requiring a doctor at an abortion facility to have admitting privileges at a local hospital is common sense. In the event of a serious complication from an abortion, the physician should be able to follow the patient to the emergency room to continue caring for his or her patient." He added, "We are pleased that women will never again receive substandard care from either of these abortion facilities."
The 2014 Texas Rally for Life was a Success
AUSTIN, TX -- The 2014 Texas Rally for Life was a success! We estimate 3,000-6,000 Texans attended. We had 57 organizations join the Host Committee, and the weather was perfect. Thank you to all who came out to rally for life! A special thank you to the keynote speaker Attorney General Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, and Representative Jodie Laubenberg. Mark your calendar for next year’s rally, January 24, 2015!
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TAL Statement on Marlise Munoz Case
AUSTIN, TX -- "We are saddened by the judge's order to remove the life sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz, the pregnant woman in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The decision fails to recognize the interests of the unborn child, who is a separate patient. We believe the intent of the Legislature, as expressed in numerous places in Texas law, is to protect the lives of unborn children to the greatest extent possible."
"My Generation Will End Abortion"
With more than 80,000 views in little more than a week, this compelling pro-life video has gone viral. See it for yourself.
Rep. Tony Dale Speaking at Leadership Circle Luncheon This Wednesday!
Austin, TX -- Texas Alliance for Life is hosting its quarterly Leadership Luncheon this Wednesday, January 15, from 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM at the Norris Conference Center located at 2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365. Rep. Tony Dale will be our speaker. Also, Dr. Joe Pojman will provide an "insider's view" on Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against HB 2, the pro-life bill passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Perry. Texas Alliance for Life was in the courtroom on Monday, January 6th, in Louisiana. We look forward to seeing our Leadership Circle members at this exciting, quarterly luncheon. \\
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