The pro-life accomplishments under the leadership of Speaker Straus continued to be nothing less than astounding in 2013. During the regular session the House passed SB 1, with numerous pro-life provisions, and SB 67 to require universities to report embryonic stem cell research. Then the House passed both SB 5 and HB 2 during the special sessions to ban abortions after five months and vastly increase safety regulations for abortion facilities.
Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, said his organization doesn’t want to discontinue the screenings but does want to cut funding to abortion providers and affiliates.
“The abortion people, who don’t have a whole lot to brag about for progress, not in Texas; but longer term, if we’re not working together, that provides opportunity for them,” said Joe Pojman, the longtime executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.