By: Fred Cantu

Pro-life groups saw it as the end of the line for a law they believe protected unborn children since 1854. Joe Pojman with Texas Alliance for Life adds, “It made abortion legal in Texas and in all the other states, legal throughout the entire 9 months of pregnancy.”
But others saw the high court’s ruling as a new beginning for women.

Dyana Limon-Mercado with Planned Parenthood Texas Votes explains, “When you think about the ways certain communities’ rights to their own bodies, to their own labor, to their own futures have been restricted over the history of America, the decision around Roe v. Wade was fundamental to guaranteeing that right, particularly to women who become pregnant.”

By: David Montgomery

Joe Pojman, a former aerospace engineer who is now executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said the law “would completely protect unborn children from abortion beginning at conception.

“That would be the fulfillment of our dreams and goals for the last 50 years.”

But Cain and Capriglione, along with anti-abortion leaders like Pojman, emphatically dismiss the possibility of prosecuting women who get abortions, saying the criminal offenses should apply only to doctors and others who perform the procedure.

Texas’ pre-Roe abortion statute, which originated in 1854, “never even contemplated making … any penalties for the woman who has the abortion,” Capriglione said, “and my bill doesn’t either.”

By: Rissa Shaw

“In those extremely rare cases where pregnancy may endanger a woman’s life or cause severe risk of impairment of a major bodily function, that exception is the same exception, language-wise, as in the law that was passed in 2013 to protect unborn babies from abortion beginning at 20 weeks, so this is language that has been in statues in Texas for almost ten years,” said Amy O’Donnell, Communications Director for Texas Alliance For Life. “But apparently there does appear to be a need for clarification because some doctor’s aren’t aware that treatment for ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage is not considered abortion, it’s not prohibited by our pro-life laws including the Human Life Protection Act, and when the mother’s life is in danger, our laws very clearly state they are allowed to intervene in those situations–not to cause the death of the unborn child, but to protect the life of the mother.”

Although she says the legislation is already clear, she says her non-profit would support lawmakers in providing additional clarification if they see fit.

“Words matter, and the words clearly spell out that these stories that we’re seeing in Texas about ectopic pregnancy treatments not being available or miscarriage treatments not being available or life of the mother—the law clearly spells out that all of those treatments are available and acceptable in Texas law, they are not considered abortion in any way, shape, or form,” said O’Donnell. “If you encounter a doctor who is not aware of what Texas laws really state, and because of that don’t provide good medical care, you need to run far and fast.”

However, in campaign ads, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has been using healthcare professionals and women who say the life of the mother is not being protected.

By: Julie Mcmahon

Sky News also spoke to pro-life group Texas Alliance for Life, who say it’s the doctors’ fault that they don’t understand the state’s law.

Roe v Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court earlier this year, leaving it to the states to decide whether to legalise abortion or to ban it.

Texas was one of the states that shut its abortion clinics following the Supreme Court’s decision and has banned it in all circumstances unless the mother’s life is in danger.

The US midterm elections are just over a week away, and the Democrats are attempting to swing voters in Republican states by promising the restoration of abortion rights. Sky News Australia has spoken to a Texas couple – Amanda and Josh Zurawski – who couldn’t get an abortion until it was almost too late. Sky News also spoke to pro-life group Texas Alliance for Life, who say it’s the doctors’ fault that they don’t understand the state’s law. Roe v Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court earlier this year, leaving it to the states to decide whether to legalise abortion or to ban it. Texas was one of the states that shut its abortion clinics following the Supreme Court’s decision and has banned it in all circumstances unless the mother’s life is in danger.

By: Ian Grenier

Both candidates have received endorsements from other political groups and figures. In August, Gov. Greg Abbott cast his weight behind Francis, who also has the support of the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, and the Texas Federation for Children, a pro “school choice” political action committee.

South Texas Democratic state legislators Sen. Eddie Lucio and Rep. Terry Canales have endorsed Perez, as well as multiple Pharr city officials, according to his campaign website.

Both the Perez and Francis campaigns have received tens of thousands of dollars of financial support from billionaire-backed political action committees, including ones with funding traced to Jim Walton, an Arkansas heir to the Walmart fortune, and Reed Hastings, the Californian CEO of Netflix.

By: Chantel Barnes, Monica Madden, Dalton Huey, Jala Washington, Josh Hinkle, Tom Miller

Amy O’Donnell, the communications director at the Texas Alliance for Life, said she anticipates Biden’s announcement may actually fire up anti-abortion voters across the state and potentially make them turn out in much higher numbers.

“There are some major issues going on in our country right now that [voters are] considering key issues that are going to determine how they vote, and Republicans are the ones who are voicing opinions on those key issues that matter right now to people in a way that’s causing them to lean Republican and including swing voters,” O’Donnell said. “It’s just showing even further how out of step Biden is, and so many of the Democrats are, when they just keep trying to make abortion the main thing that they’re running on.”