“Genevieve Collins was endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life and dozens of pro-life leaders from across Dallas while Floyd McLendon can’t name a single pro-life endorsement. Worst of all, Floyd McLendon claims to be tough on border security when he’s admitted openly, multiple times, that he fully supports amnesty for illegal immigrants,” the statement said.
Lining up behind Lucio are advocates typically affiliated with the Republican cause, including a group backed by powerful GOP donors Charles and David Koch. Texas Alliance for Life is advertising for Lucio, one of two Democrats the group endorsed in the Legislature.
“Our practice is to help those people who stand up for unborn babies on the Senate and House floors and that is certainly Sen. Lucio,” said the group’s executive director, Joe Pojman.
Griffin, who is endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life, said he believes that life begins at conception but that he would not support a bill proposed last session that would have banned abortion in the state and created civil and criminal liability for a woman seeking an abortion. That bill would conflict with federal laws and established court decisions.
Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, said he hopes the Legislature passes a bill making it a felony offense to abortion drugs to Texas. This would allow Texas to extradite and prosecute people from other states, Pojman said.
“Not having a doctor to follow up and administer these drugs is reckless,” he said. “Just because there’s a desire for a product on, it doesn’t mean that the government should allow it.”
Senate Bill 1033 would repeal language allowing a third-trimester abortion in cases of a severe fetal abnormality, meaning a life-threatening condition “incompatible with life outside the womb.” Further, the bill would bar an abortion at any time that’s requested due to the race, ethnicity or sex of a fetus, or due to the probability of having, or a diagnosis of, Down syndrome or a severe disability.
Both NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, which lobbies for abortion rights, and the Texas Alliance for Life, among anti-abortion groups, see legal weakness in the bill. Each group says restrictions on abortion before 20 weeks post-fertilization likely won’t survive court review.
“It will not survive a federal court challenge and will save no lives,” Pojman told alliance members in an on post. “The result will be bad precedent and huge attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.” He added, though: “We hope that in coming years there will be enough votes on the Supreme Court to uphold a bill like this.”
The Texas Alliance for Life, another anti-abortion group, doesn’t oppose the bill, but it’s not recommending it. In April, it said it doesn’t think the bar on abortions before fetal viability can hold up in court. “It will not survive a federal court challenge and will save no lives. The result will be bad precedent and huge attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs,” the alliance’s Joe Pojman wrote. His post also said: “We hope that in coming years there will be enough votes on the Supreme Court to uphold a bill like this.” Texans for Life, another anti-abortion group, also has no position on the bill.