By: Stephanie Ebbert

Joe Pojman executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion organization, thinks that’s a bit much. He didn’t recognize the point of the handmaids in the Senate chamber until his wife explained it to him later, he said, and she took issue with their imagery.

“She didn’t think it is at all an appropriate way to protest, because she thinks there’s actually no chance our society is sliding into a dystopian society of that kind,” he said.

While he said he admires the activists for getting involved, Pojman noted that women are leading the fight against abortion, too. And in Texas, they appear to be winning.

By: Renuka Rayasam

Joe Pojman, executive director of another anti-abortion group called Texas Alliance for Life, believes that the “D&E” ban will not survive a court challenge. He said that a defeat similar to the one the state absorbed at the Supreme Court could set the anti-abortion movement back.

In addition to opening new arguments for abortion rights activists to challenge abortion laws, the state was required to pay millions of dollars in court fees for the plaintiffs.

“We can’t sustain another loss like we sustained” last year, Pojman said.

By: Madlin Mekelburg The Dallas Morning News

A sweeping anti-abortion bill is headed to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk after the Senate approved changes made by House lawmakers last week.

Sen. Charles Schwertner, the bill’s author, said the bill addresses concerns “expressed by thousands of Texans and will ensure the dignity and protection for the unborn child.”

By: Sophie Novack

Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said that he would support individuals who knowingly assist with the abortion facing prosecution, but that Moody’s inclusion of drivers and receptionists was “far-fetched.”

“It’s possible a third party could be prosecuted, but it would have to be someone close to the physician that is knowingly performing the abortion, like a nurse,” added Pojman, who said that in his 25 years lobbying against abortion in Texas, he’s never heard this kind of objection.

By: Madlin Mekelburg, Austin bureau

The Texas House spent six hours Friday debating, amending and eventually passing a bill that would ban certain abortion procedures and require fetal tissue from abortions or miscarriages to be buried or cremated.

The bill started as a two-pronged proposal: It would regulate how fetal remains could be handled and prohibit “partial-birth” abortions. It also included a ban on the donation or sale of fetal tissue from an elective abortion.