By: Meghan Friedmann

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “issued an order that said all non-essential health care providers had to stop provision of care,” Mariappuram said, adding that state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced soon after that abortion services were included in that category.

Requests for comment placed with the communications offices for Abbott and Paxton were not returned.

However, Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, defended the order.

“It was not targeted to abortion, and it was not a ban. It was a postponement for at most one month,” Pojman said. “We thought that the abortion providers needed to postpone those non-emergency procedures, just like everyone else.”

When the order was issued, according to Pojman, the state did not know how bad the pandemic would get and wanted to conserve personal protective equipment.

He also noted the courts upheld the restriction.

By: Bob Adelmann

Joe Pojman, founder of the Texas Alliance for Life, has an agenda that he hopes will get traction in the new Congress:

Number one is a complete ban on abortion, The Human Life Protection Act. It would protect unborn babies beginning at fertilization, and it would go into effect when and to the extent that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

By: Bob Adelmann

Joe Pojman, founder of the Texas Alliance for Life, has an agenda that he hopes will get traction in the new Congress:

Number one is a complete ban on abortion, The Human Life Protection Act. It would protect unborn babies beginning at fertilization, and it would go into effect when and to the extent that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

By: Charlie Butts

Meanwhile, one of the most pro-life states in the union has good reason to lo forward to their next legislative session.

Texas is celebrating the state Senate’s pro-life-dominated election results. In the Texas House, pro-life Republicans have retained their majority, which means a House speaker who is strong on the life issue will be elected to serve in that capacity.

Joe Pojman of the Texas Alliance for Life hopes both chambers will deal with certain measures in January.

“Number one is a complete ban on abortion, The Human Life Protection Act,” he details. “It would protect unborn babies beginning at fertilization, and it would go into effect when and to the extent that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade.”

Pojman believes the court has enough conservative and life-affirming justices to do just that.

“We also must preserve promotion and funding for compassionate alternatives to abortion, including adoption,” he adds. “Texas is doing a much better job of that than any other state in the country.”

By: Sabrina Tavernise

Abortion is another example. Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, said his organization was focused not just on helping Mr. Trump win the state, but also on the down-ballot races for the Texas House, which Democrats hope to flip.

If that happens, Mr. Pojman said, “it would be very difficult to advance our agenda.”

One goal, he said, is a “trigger law” that would ban abortion in the state if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The new composition of the Supreme Court is seen as having made such a reversal of a possibility, and similar bills have passed in other Republican-controlled states.