But Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life who was also involved in the drafting of the law, said the hospital is correctly abiding by the law’s goal of protecting the rights of an unborn child.

“I applaud what the hospital has done so far, and I would urge them to keep the mother on life-support equipment, even if she is determined to be brain dead, and to treat the unborn baby as the patient” he said.


In Texas, the law and the hospital’s efforts to abide by it have drawn support among opponents of abortion. “The unborn child should be recognized as a separate person,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. He added, “I would say that, even if she were brain-dead, I would favor keeping treatments going to allow the child to continue to survive, with the hope the child could be delivered alive.”

By: Michael Kunzelman

“The Supreme Court allows states to regulate abortion to ensure women have all the information they need to make an informed decision and to make sure it’s done in a safe manner,” Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said outside the courtroom after the hearing. “That’s all this law does.”