By: Roni Caryn Rabin

Supporters of the law say their goal is to save the life of every embryo, regardless of the circumstances of conception.

“We never advocate taking a life of an unborn child unless it is necessary to protect the life of a woman,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life.

Even in cases of rape or incest, “we don’t advocate for taking the life of an unborn child for the crime of the father,” he said.

The law’s supporters say that it provides sufficient leeway for physicians to act if a mother’s life or bodily functions are compromised, and they insist those cases are rare.

By: Emily Caldwell

On Dec. 1, the court is set to hear oral arguments on a Mississippi ban on almost all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. Arguments in the Mississippi case will likely focus more on fetal viability, as the law poses more of a direct challenge to preestablished standards and is enforced by state officials.

Rulings from the court in both cases — on Texas’ SB 8 and the Mississippi law — are highly anticipated, now that the court has a six-justice conservative supermajority and the numbers to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 landmark stemming from a Dallas woman’s challenge to a Texas abortion ban.

In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill, House Bill 1280, into law that would prohibit abortions in Texas if Roe vs. Wade is overturned. Pojman said Texas Alliance for Life and other groups helped craft the law with the Mississippi case in mind.

“That is a law that completely protects unborn babies from abortion, up to the moment of conception, fertilization,” Pojman said. “And it goes into effect when, to the extent, the Supreme Court overturns the terrible Roe vs. Wade precedent.”

Duble said from a political advocacy perspective, Avow is already prepping for the 2022 midterm and statewide elections.

“What we’re doing is gearing up for 2022, where we fully intend to hold the lawmakers who have allowed this trend of anti-abortion restrictions and SB 8 to go into effect,” Duble said. “We plan to hold them accountable.”

By: BeLynn Hollers

Pregnancy resource centers are considered alternative programs to abortion in Texas. Many receive funds from the state. In a interview with The Dallas Morning News last week, Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, noted that the Legislature this year increased the state budget for alternative to abortion programs by 25%, to $100 million.

“The goal of that program is to serve 150,000 women every year,” he said. “And the services that they provide to women with unplanned pregnancies continue for three years after the birth of the child.”

Those services include counseling, moral support, maternity clothes, baby clothes and diapers. But Pojman said they also include helping women fight substance abuse, getting out of abusive or sex trafficking situations, and job training.

The Legislature also passed the so-called Human Life Protection Act, a complete ban on abortion, beginning at conception, that would go into effect if the Supreme Court modifies or overturns previous rulings allowing abortion. Gov. Greg Abbott signed that so-called “trigger bill” in June, allowing Texas to join 11 other states with similar laws.

By: Michael Gryboski,

Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman said in a statement that he is “grateful for every day the Texas Heartbeat Act remains in effect.”

“Regardless of what the courts decide in these cases, the Texas Heartbeat law has saved hundreds or even thousands of unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion,” stated Pojman.

“At the same time, hundreds of pro-life pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies continue to help more than 100,000 women in Texas with unplanned pregnancies every year.”