Haynes announced she would be running earlier this year, challenging long-time incumbent John Smithee (R-Amarillo). Smithee has been in office since 1984. His current reelection bid has earned the backing of Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney Ken Paxton, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. Smithee broke with other lawmakers in Austin to be one of the few who did not vote to impeach Paxton or to remove vouchers from an education reform bill.
Deirdre Cooper, a public policy analyst for Texas Alliance for Life, gave a statement about her son Bosco, who died before birth from Trisomy 18, known as Edwards syndrome. “Carrying Bosco in my womb was the greatest honor of my life,” she said. “For four months, I had the privilege of sharing his story with anyone who asked about my pregnancy. Each day, I woke up thanking God that Bosco was still alive. We had been granted one more day with him — what a blessing! It also allowed us to plan his funeral and prepare our children for his impending death.”
Texas Alliance for Life submitted an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief on behalf of 92 members of the Texas Legislature, making the point that nowhere in the state constitution is there a right to abortion.
The Court is expected to issue a decision in the coming months.
Texas Alliance for Life, which was directly involved in the legislation around abortion laws in Texas says their stance on the law is on ethical concerns — and worries that a special interest group is trying to circumvent legislation passed by elected representatives through the courts.
Mental health for women can be directly impacted by childbirth — most famously through postpartum depression. It can happen to any woman — even after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Research from the National Institutes of Health show that as many as 20% of mothers can experience postpartum symptoms.
Deirdre Cooper, a public policy analyst for Texas Alliance for Life, holds one of her daughters as she shares her experiences with pregnancy complications and her support for the state’s abortion laws on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in Austin, Texas, after attending the Texas Supreme Court’s hearing on the Zurawski v Texas case. Cooper shared that her son Bosco, one of her 10 children, was diagnosed with Edwards syndrome, a severe chromosomal abnormality, and died in childbirth in April 2021.
Amy O’Donnell of Texas Alliance for Life sees that as something to celebrate.
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“We consider it a victory that pro-life laws are resulting in lives saved,” she tells AFN. “Those babies will grow up to be productive citizens of the United States, and we celebrate that 32,000 babies are alive today because we have laws to protect life across the country.”
Still, O’Donnell says the study perpetuates the lie that women need abortion access to compete academically, vocationally, athletically, or in other ways.
“That is mistaken,” she asserts. “In the last 30 years, when abortion rates have fallen dramatically, women’s progress has advanced dramatically. In reality, women don’t need abortion to advance in this country.”
Liberal media suggests pro-life laws are laws for forced pregnancies, but O’Donnell points out that most abortions are not sought in cases of rape. They are sought as a form of birth control after a consensual encounter.