By: LARA KORTE

It’s good timing for abortion opponents, who are concerned about Planned Parenthood’s further expansion into West Texas.

“We believe they would to have the financial help of a city or hospital district or county in West Texas,” said Joe Pojman, president of Texas Alliance for Life. “But that’s not going to be possible now, because of SB 22.”

While abortion opponents say the bill is aimed at cutting off funding, they are also unsure about how the legislation could impact nonfinancial partnerships.

But they disagree with the notion that it will decrease access to contraception, cancer screenings and other health care provided by clinics that don’t perform abortions.

“It’s crying wolf,” Pojman said. “Absolutely untrue.”

He and other abortion opponents say that any services lost by cutting off taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood and others will be supplemented by providers in the state’s Healthy Texas Women program.

By: audrey morton

“Texans do support protecting unborn babies from abortion and making compassionate alternatives available and that’s what the Legislature is doing, as much as the Supreme Court allows it to do,” said Dr. Joe Pojman with Texas Alliance for Life.

Women slightly favored banning abortion once the baby’s heartbeat is detected.

Pojman said that’s not surprising.

“The pro-life movement is constituted by women. It’s basically a movement of women. The majority of the leaders in the pro-life movement are women,” said Pojman.

By: Summer Brokaw

The extension of the $1-a-year lease of a city-owned building in East Austin was approved by the city council in November and to effect Feb. 6.

Planned Parenthood signed its first lease for the site in 1973.

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Though the bill didn’t invalidate Planned Parenthood’s Austin lease, it will block other contracts, “and that’s a big gain for us,” said abortion opponent Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life. “We’re very pleased that this law will soon be going into effect.”

By: Chuck Lindell

SB 22 is expected to block Planned Parenthood programs that include short-term clinics that provide contraceptives and health screenings at community colleges across Texas; booths at city- and county-sponsored health fairs that advocate for health testing; and HIV education in jails and prisons.

The Austin school district also is studying whether the law will affect a proposed sex education curriculum for middle school students that was developed by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, argued that SB 22 is a political statement that will put women’s health at risk and raise the number of unintended pregnancies, leading to abortions.

But abortion opponents, including Joe Pojman with the Texas Alliance for Life, said that even if SB 22 could not invalidate Planned Parenthood’s lease with Austin, it will block other contracts statewide, “and that’s a big gain for us.”

“We’re very pleased that this law will soon be going into effect,” Pojman said

By: Audrey Morton

Texas Alliance for Life Dr. Joe Pojman said the heart of America is changing in many regions in the country.

“Much of America is responding to the extremism that we’re seeing in states like New York, Virginia, Vermont, Illinois, which are enshrining abortion, making it legal right up to the moment of birth,” said Pojman.

Many of the dozens of Democratic presidential candidates want abortions to be legal right up until birth of a baby.

“Overall, the nation is becoming very polarized and the Democratic party, in much of the country, has been under the control of extremists,” said Pojman.

He said they find people are uncomfortable with late-term abortions, people want limits on abortion and to protect unborn babies.

Pojman added their goal in Texas—until the Legislature meets again in two years—is to pass a complete ban on abortion that would go into effect when the Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade. For much of the country, that is the big road block.

By: Samantha Gobba

Joe Pojman, director of Texas Alliance for Life, told me he thinks the Supreme Court’s decision bodes well for the Texas law. “We think we had a very good case before the Supreme Court ruled on Indiana’s law, and we think this case is even stronger now,” he said.