“We are thrilled that the Senate has passed S.B. 25, because it reverses a decades-old injustice and bad public policy that devalues babies, both unborn and born, who have a disability,” Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, told CNA March 23. “In our view, S.B. 25 eliminates wrongful birth lawsuits while holding doctors accountable to practicing good medicine.”
Abortion opponents said Republican leaders had promised for years to end federal reimbursement for Planned Parenthood, and that voters would continue to hold them to this. Before winning the presidential election in November, Trump had also promised to defund Planned Parenthood, and fought to get the healthcare bill passed.
“I’m confident the Republicans in Congress and the president will move ahead and defund Planned Parenthood,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion Texas Alliance for Life.
The issue “is so dear to the electorate who put the Republicans and president in office,” he said after the bill was pulled.
In a recent article on their website, Empower Texans claims that Texas Alliance for Life opposed a bill to ban the most common method of second trimester abortion, Senate Bill 415, claiming that we “sided with pro-abortion groups in opposing the legislation.”
That claim is false.
Indeed, there are quite a few incorrect statements about Texas Alliance for Life in the article, and the article’s conclusion is entirely wrong. This is not the first time that Empower Texans has grossly misrepresented Texas Alliance for Life’s positions.
“We’re not suggesting that the Legislature pass any bills that would ban abortion … because those laws, under the foreseeable future, would be struck down as unconstitutional by the federal courts,” Pojman told the Observer. “Texas would be forced to pay attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased to see this bill move so quickly out of the Senate with bipartisan support,” Texas Alliance for Life executive director Joe Pojman wrote in a press release. “Texas needs SB-8 to shut down Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of baby body parts in our state.”
SB 25 was brought to the Legislature in part by the Texas Alliance for Life, according to Joe Pojman, executive director of the organization which is active at the Capitol. “Texas would basically say that physicians are not accountable to a disability that they didn’t cause. That’s how we view it,” said Pojman, who added that the legislation is “consistent with the state’s policy of promoting childbirth over abortion.”