By: Olivia Aldridge

Amy O’Donnell, communications director for the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said the group supports continued access to IVF. However, she said, the organization believes embryos created through IVF should not be discarded; it supports options like embryo adoption, wherein individuals donate embryos they don’t plan to use.

“We do believe that there is a way to protect life from the moment of an embryo’s fertilization while still allowing families the opportunity to bring forth life through the IVF process,” O’Donnell said. “It is something that we trust the Legislature is going to be looking into.”


“It was very small and fragmented — nothing compared to what it is now,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance For Life. “We were very hopeful. But there hadn’t been much accomplished tangibly at that point.”

With relatively few powerful allies or ways to spread their message, some in the movement turned their attention toward protests outside clinics. Among them was Devine, who later said that he served 34 days in jail for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic during one protest.

The Texas Tribune

By: Nick Harper

A U.S. study released last month estimates that 64,000 women and girls became pregnant from rape in states that have implemented abortion bans. The research has reignited the debate about a women’s right to choose. But anti-abortion groups in one of the most restrictive states say the data presented in the study is flawed.