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: BY CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF

“Violence is not a solution to violence, and we consider abortion to very much be a violent act,” said Amy O’Donnell, communications director for Texas Alliance for Life.

O’Donnell pointed to the state’s Alternatives to Abortion program, which is allotted more than $100 million to crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies, as a resource to help women experiencing domestic violence.

“As imperfect as our systems are, the state of Texas does have a responsibility, as well as the pro-life movement, to do everything possible to help any woman in a domestic violence situation or a rape/incest situation and her unborn child to get out of any abusive situations and move forward and support them in choosing life,” O’Donnell said.

Advocates want victims to know the recent Supreme Court ruling doesn’t change the fact that they still have options.

“Survivors shouldn’t believe the lie that help is not available to them, because it is,” Shetter said.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233. Those looking for help can also call or text the Genesis Women’s Shelter hotline at 214-946-4357. You can reach One Safe Place at 817-916-4323.

By: Lindsey Ragas

We reached out to those for and against abortion.

“It’s a big victory for the pro-life side. It’s a big victory for the Texas Heartbeat Act. It means that this law is essentially going to be in effect indefinitely unless some other challenges comes,” Joe Pojman, Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life.

We did not hear back from pro-choice organizations by the deadline.

By: Melanie Torre

Meanwhile, opponents of abortion access are hoping to achieve the opposite.

“We’re putting a lot of hope in an entirely separate law and a separate court case,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. Pojman is talking about is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—another case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks.

“If they rule to completely overturn Roe v. Wade, or partly overturn it, Texas has another law that the legislature passed and the governor signed last spring,” said Pojman.

Texas’s Human Life Protection Act would be triggered into effect in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned. The act would close the six-week window currently part of the state’s SB 8 and essentially outlaw any abortion procedure.

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.