The benches in the roomy, brand new courtroom at the Travis County Civil District Court were filled with reporters, plaintiffs, and their supporters, including several husbands. Members of the anti-abortion rights group Texas Alliance for Life were also in attendance.
Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told The Dallas Express his anti-abortion organization “favored those exceptions in law because we want to make sure that doctors can treat a woman whose pregnancy is endangering her life.”
He described HB 3058 as “an attempt to clarify” those exceptions.
“I’m grateful that the governor [and] the legislature [are] taking particular care to try and clarify what’s already in law,” said Pojman. “But I point out, it’s already in law, and doctors were already immune from prosecution or civil liability.”
Texas Alliance for Life Founder and Executive Director Joe Pojman told The Dallas Express, “We are thrilled to see that the protective laws that the legislature passed are working.”
“Abortions have dramatically decreased and births have increased,” he said. “Those children are welcome in Texas and Texas provides vast resources for women with unplanned pregnancies who carry their children to term, whether they … place the babies up for adoption or keep the babies.”
Pojman noted that Texas has “more than 300 pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies” and that the state provides taxpayer-funded healthcare coverage to lower-income pregnant women during pregnancy and up to two months after birth.
“We are thrilled to see that the protective laws the Texas Legislature put in place in 2021 are working: Abortions have dramatically decreased, and births have increased,” Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told CNA.
“Those children are welcome in Texas, which provides vast resources for women with unplanned pregnancies who carry their unborn children to term, give birth to the babies, and keep or place the babies for adoption,” Pojman said. “Texas [has] more than 300 pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies and countless church-based ministries to care for mothers and babies for years after their births.”
Pojman added that the organization expects that birth rates will continue to rise with the additional funding the state Legislature provided for the Alternatives to Abortion program.