“I want people to say, I can’t believe we let this happen in this day and, I can’t believe we let this take place,” said Morrison.
Dr. Joe Pojman notes that the Supreme Court has made it impossible for states to ban most abortions. However, states can assure that abortions are not done in “a way that puts the health and safety of women at risk.” Pojman says that the point of HB 2 is to raise the level of care provided by abortion clinics. There are ambulatory surgical centers at the abortion clinics in the largest cities in Texas. If HB 2 takes effect, other states may try to copy its provisions.
Joe Pojman, executive director of anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said the budget provision was a “big victory” for his group, which lobbied for the measure.
“We think the money is far better spent on the numerous alternative providers that are available throughout Texas,” Pojman said. “I dont think that [Planned Parenthood] will be missed at all when they leave the program, because there’s such a vast network of providers — many of whom provide a far higher level of services.”