In an earlier draft of the bill, minors were to assume that the bypass was not granted if a judge did not rule in time. The language drew criticism from Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, who said the automatic denial would lead to court challenges.
Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said he champions the bill as a whole but fears the default denial provision will invite a legal challenge.
“It really is a question of whether this has any benefit that outweighs the risk of a constitutional challenge in federal court,” Pojman said. “And we just do not think it does.”
“We could not decide on one or the other,” Mr. Pojman said. “I think it’s safe to say that we all thought that each are quality candidates.”