By: Stephen Paulsen

Ashley Leenerts, a legislative associate for Texas Right to Life, said the council was promoting “the false narrative that women can’t succeed with the option of abortion.” She urged members to “focus on making Austin a life-affirming city.” Amy O’Donnell, a communications director for Texas Alliance for Life, said that coping with an unplanned pregnancy in college was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done” and that she had cried for several days after learning she was pregnant. Still, she said it was a “lie” that “women have to kill our babies to achieve great things in life.”


Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said the success of SB 8 proves “the days are long gone when the abortion provider challenging a law that protects our unborn babies before viability can click his fingers and expect the court to immediately enjoin the law. Those days are gone.”

While SB 8 has been able to ban most abortions in the state, anti-abortion advocates are still looking to a Mississippi case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, that the Supreme Court is set to hear in December.

“I don’t think that this law will be the major case that will overturn or will give the court an opportunity to change the precedent of Roe and Casey,” Pojman said. “I believe it will be that Dobbs case … And that makes us really excited because Texas has passed another law … and it would give complete protection to the unborn child before viability when and to the extent that Supreme Court overturns Roe and Casey.”

He added, “That means if the Supreme Court completely overturns what we consider to be the terrible and unjust Casey precedent, then our law would go into effect and completely protect unborn babies to the point of conception fertilization.”

By: Kelsey Jukam

“It is unconscionable that anyone would defend the grinding and flushing of the bodies of unborn babies who are victims of abortion down the drain and into a city sewer system as if they were mere medical waste,” said John Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “That method of the disposition of the remains should be banned, as the proposed rules do.”