By: Gabriela Vidal

AUSTIN, Texas — Six pieces of anti-abortion legislation in Texas has officially crossed a major hurdle in the path to becoming law.

“I think a compassionate society, really wants to protect both the mother and the unborn child, and I think the Texas Senate has done that today,” said Joe Pojman.

Pojman is the Executive Director of the Texas Alliance for Life, a statewide pro-life non-profit organization advocating for anti-abortion measures like the ones passed by senate leaders on Tuesday.

“Our society is better than abortion,” said Pojman.

While Texas House leaders must still vote on these bills before reaching Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, a number of pro-choice organizations are already sounding off. Concerns particularly center around SB-8, the bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could mean as early as six weeks following conception.

In a press release, Avow Texas, a pro-choice advocacy non-profit said in part:

Let’s be clear, SB 8 is the most dangerous six-week abortion ban this country has seen. Not only is this bill a complete ban on abortion, but it also is a backdoor attempt to intimidate and harass doctors and patients by creating a way for frivolous and harassing civil lawsuits to be filed. That means any person or any organization with an anti-abortion agenda could sue a patient, doctor, or advocacy organization under this bill.

The legislation does not have exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Only women with life threatening medical conditions could get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Pojman says supports the legislation as it is written.

“Rape is an absolutely terrible thing, but the unborn child is an innocent victim and that child should not have to pay the price for the father,” said Pojman.

By: Alex Gibbs

This weekend, to accommodate for COVID, pro-life leaders across the state held revamped rallies for the annual ‘Texas Rally for Life’ in various cities including Waco.

Even during a pandemic, John Pisciotta and dozens won’t give up the fight against abortion and Planned Parenthood.

By: Bettie Cross

The 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade brought protestors and a caravan of cars to the Texas Capitol on Saturday.

A long of cars inched their way up Congress Avenue with horns and shouts making the pro-life message clear. The caravan circled downtown Austin to kick off the Texas Rally for Life. Before the drivers made a lap, others gathered at the Texas Capitol to denounce the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

“We are hopeful, but we are not certain that the Supreme Court may be willing to take a fresh lo at Roe unencumbered by precedent and give our legislators latitude to protect unborn children before viability,” said Dr. Joe Pojman, Founder of Texas Alliance for Life.

Pro-life advocates called on the Texas Legislature to be ready for possible abortion rights changes. They say that includes passing the Human Life Protection Act.

“When Roe is overturned, and I believe Roe will be overturned very soon, as soon as that happens innocent children are protected in the womb immediately as soon as that happens. That’s what the Human Life Protection Act will do,” said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director.

By: Edgar Walters

“We do not know exactly what’s possible under this decision,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the advocacy group Texas Alliance for Life. “We’re going to be poring through it with our attorneys and our physicians to figure out if the Supreme Court will allow the state to do anything meaningful to raise the safety standards at those freestanding abortion facilities.”