Amy O’Donnell, a spokesperson from Texas Alliance for Life, an abortion-opposing nonprofit — which has advocated toward “protecting life from conception to natural death using peaceful legal means,” since 1988 — echoed Chief Justice John Roberts’ sentiments calling the leaked document “an egregious breach of trust,” within the court, but also added that the organization is hopeful the decision will remain the same in upcoming weeks. “If this does go into law, we as an organization have been working towards this point for a long time. The anticipation that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, has been something that we have acknowledged and been aware of as a possibility,” said O’Donnell, the organization’s director of communications. “We have to trust as Chief Roberts asserted today that the work of the court will not be affected in any way by the leak. We trust our justices to continue to do business as usual and not be swayed by public opinion. At the same time, we recognize that the leaked draft is not the final and there are draft changes that occur as the drafts are circulated and votes can shift.” O’Donnell said the organization is moving forward with “cautious optimism,” as they await a final decision and that their mission will carry on as normal. “Our goal now, as always, is to educate women on the compassionate alternatives to abortion that are available in our state. Texas has allotted $100 million, which is an increase from the $80 million previously … to fund some of these compassionate alternatives to abortion,” O’Donnell said. “And those monies go towards organizations such as pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies who in various ways support women as they walk through unplanned pregnancies and consider their life options moving forward.”
“SB 8 represents an attempt by the Legislature to protect unborn babies from abortion even before Roe is overturned,” said Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life’s executive director. “For now, that law remains in effect. Regardless of whether the courts allow that law to continue, we hope the Supreme Court will reverse the terrible Roe v. Wade precedent so states can completely protect unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion.”
But some people in Texas have been pleased with the effects of the law so far.
Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, is a staunch supporter. “We consider each day to be a victory because at least some unborn children’s lives are being protected,” Pojman said. The abortion advocates left Washington with various thoughts about the future of abortion rights in the U.S.
Joe Pojman, the executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said that with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases projected to rise, healthcare providers’ highest priority must be treating patients who test positive and whose lives are at risk.
“That is a reality and these abortion providers need to get in tune with the reality of this crisis,” Pojman said. “Doing otherwise puts them totally out of the mainstream with what’s happening and puts patients at risk — patients who need life-saving procedures and need treatment for this virus.”
The anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life also tweeted Sunday that the executive order applies to abortions.
Under the executive order meant to increase hospital capacity to combat the novel coronavirus’ spread, physicians will have the discretion to suspend procedures that aren’t immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient, Abbott said Sunday.
Anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and eight other Texas groups filed a brief in support of Cook Children’s and the Texas Advance Directives Act on Tuesday.