The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops’ recent advisory urging dioceses not to participate with Texas Right to Life or allow it to use parish sites might puzzle observers who assume they share common goals.
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“Part of it is tactics; part of it is also end goals,” said Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life executive director. “Texas Right to Life has allied itself with a non-pro-life organization — Empower Texans — which advocates its own brand of economic conservatism.”
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Pojman said his organization, which has taken issue with Empower Texans, has “nothing but praise” for Straus, despite not passing all its bills under his leadership.
“There are limits to what we can do,” in areas such as working to pass state laws that would end abortion in Texas, but be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, Pojman said. “We don’t have the votes on the Supreme Court.”
As for the Texas Right to Life primary endorsements, Pojman said many are based on economic conservatism.
“We have a scorecard,” as does Texas Right to Life, Pojman said. “We have people who scored 100 percent who did badly on theirs.”