By: Charlie Butts

A pro-life leader from Texas contends that a court decision earlier this week unders the need for pro-life federal judges.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a temporary injunction against a law banning dismemberment abortion, which was set to go into effect Friday.

Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman is disappointed with the ruling.

“A state like Texas should have the right to protect unborn children from this absolutely gruesome method of abortion, which involves killing the baby by tearing him or her limb from limb,” Pojman argued.

By: Maggie Astor

Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, which supports the Texas law, said in a statement that the state “should have the right to protect innocent unborn babies from dismemberment abortions, in which a doctor kills a child by tearing him or her into pieces.” The fact that courts have consistently ruled against bans on dilation-and-evacuation abortions, he argued, “shows how extremely out of touch the Supreme Court precedent is with modern science, which clearly tells us that an unborn child’’ is a living human being.

By: John Savage

A federal district court judge on Thursday blocked a Texas law that would prevent doctors from performing the most common second-trimester abortion procedure. The law, passed by the Legislature this spring, was set to take effect Friday.

“The dismemberment procedure really is as grotesque and inhumane as anyone can imagine. The baby is killed in the process of being pulled limb from limb in the womb,“ Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told The Dallas Morning News.
“The attorney general’s office made it clear to the judge that this law is not about banning abortions, it is just about banning one very inhumane method of killing the child,” he added.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

By: Maggie Astor

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortion.

In a 17-page ruling on Thursday, Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found that opponents of the law had shown “a substantial likelihood of success on the merits,” and granted a two-week restraining order while the case proceeds. The restriction had been scheduled to take effect on Friday.

The law — part of Senate Bill 8, passed this spring — would require doctors to stop the fetus’s heart before performing a dilation-and-evacuation abortion, in which the cervix is dilated and the fetus is removed in pieces. This would be done either by injecting chemicals or by cutting the umbilical cord. There would be an exception for life-threatening emergencies.

Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, which supports the Texas law, said in a statement that the state “should have the right to protect innocent unborn babies from dismemberment abortions, in which a doctor kills a child by tearing him or her into pieces.” The fact that courts have consistently ruled against bans on dilation-and-evacuation abortions, he argued, “shows how extremely out of touch the Supreme Court precedent is with modern science, which clearly tells us that an unborn child’’ is a living human being.

By: Madlin Mackelburg

AUSTIN – Anti-abortion advocates in Texas got nearly everything on their wish list this year as Republican leaders feuded over bathroom use and other issues geared at shoring up conservative bonafides.

Three of the twelve bills that passed during the special legislative session enacted regulations targeting abortion — amplifying the success anti-abortion advocates saw in the regular session when lawmakers adopted a sweeping proposal banning multiple procedures and further regulating providers.

By: Amarillo Globe News

There are as many as five abortion-related pieces of legislation in the current special session of the Texas Legislature that have a degree of influence from the Amarillo area.

While none have become law yet, hope springs eternal.

State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, recently tweeted how he voted for five abortion-related bills supported by Texas Alliance for Life. Indeed, Seliger is an author or co-author of four of the aforementioned bills.

In the Texas House, state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, is a co-author of all five bills. State Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, is an author or co-author of two bills, including being the author of House Bill 214.