Despite the public rift, those involved in the anti-abortion movement remain confident it will not be impeded in the long-term.
“The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has proved itself one of the most effective organisation at promoting pro-life legislation,” says Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, a pro-life organization that works closely with the Catholic Church. “The pro-life position will continue to make gains in the Legislature.”
Pojman argues that if the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to decide on abortion, there is enough political muscle to pass a ban in Texas.
“Texas has a very strong Republican party and an electorate that supports it and is pro-life, which has been decades in the making,” he says. “Thirty years ago, it was very different.”