By: Madlin Mekelburg

“That so-called blue wave came into Texas, and it crashed on the rocks and went nowhere,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion advocacy group. “I think Republicans and pro-life Democrats understand that they will be rewarded at the polls in 2022 if they vote pro-life. So they can express their convictions by supporting these laws.”

But unlike Seago and Texas Right to Life, Pojman said his organization only backs bills that it believes will survive a federal court challenge.

“Some of the other bills, we’re not confident they’re surviving that,” he said. “We need to wait for the Supreme Court to change the terrible Roe v. Wade precedent to allow bills like that to go into effect.”

By: Chuck Lindell

Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, testified that his organization will be pushing the Human Life Protection Act, which would set “a complete ban on abortion beginning at fertilization” if allowed by the Supreme Court.

If the high court chisels away at abortion rights, perhaps by approving Mississippi’s currently challenged law ending abortion at 15 weeks, the act would implement the 15-week ban in Texas, Pojman said.

“Texas needs a law to ban abortions to the extent allowable,” he told the committee.

Until the Supreme Court acts, heartbeat bills and other legislation to severely limit when abortions are allowed will continue to be overturned by lower courts, “saving no lives,” Pojman said.

By: Heather Osbourne

Amy O’Donnell, communications director for Texas Rally for Life, said the mission of the annual event was to “show the media and our elected officials that Texas is pro-life.”

O’Donnell said it was also to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s legal right to an abortion.