By: Bob Allen

The Baptist General Convention of Texas joined the Texans for Life Coalition, Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in an April 18 press conference voicing support for 15 bills before the state House and Senate seeking to restrict abortion.

“We are honored to be here with these pro-life legislators and these groups to support a culture of life in Texas and to help defend life,” Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the BGCT Christian Life Commission, said in the early morning press conference at the state Capitol.

By: Ken Camp / Managing Editor

The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission joined the Texas Alliance for Life, the Texans for Life Coalition and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in supporting what proponents call “a thoughtful package of pro-life legislation” in the Texas House of Representatives.

The bills would ban partial-birth abortions and wrongful birth lawsuits, stop state and local governments from contracting with abortion providers, regulate how the remains of an aborted fetus may be treated, increase criminal penalties for forced abortions on human trafficking victims, improve reporting of abortion complications and reclassify ectopic pregnancies to ensure their treatment is not reported as abortion.

By: Theodore Bunker

Texas’ conservative lawmakers aren’t waiting for the Supreme Court after losing a major abortion case before the highest court last year, the state legislature is looking to unleash four dozen anti-abortion bills.

“We have made tremendous gains,” Joe Pojman, head of the Texas Alliance for Life, told Politico. He added that he sees “huge progress” when looking at abortion trends.

By: Renuka Rayasam

“We have made tremendous gains,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life. He hopes that someday, perhaps under President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court will overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling upholding abortion rights. In the meantime, when he surveys abortion trends in Texas, he sees “huge progress.”

Abortion rights advocates ruefully agree they have lost ground.

“What makes Texas unique is that the clinic system was undercut so quickly,” said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research group. “Texas has taken what might have happened in a decade or more in another state and collapsed it into a year.”

By: Matthew Berger

Texas was the first state to recognize wrongful birth legal actions, according to a presentation the advocacy group Texas Alliance for Life made in support of the proposed law.

The current law has been challenged three times and upheld each time, group members told the state senate’s Health and Human Services Committee.

The group said 28 states recognize this law, but nine have since eliminated it through legislative action.