“We have so much to celebrate,” Dr. Ingrid Skop, vice president and director of medical affairs at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said from the podium. “It is estimated that approximately 10,000 babies are alive in Texas today who would not be if the state of Texas had not chosen to support unborn life.”
Statistics show the year before Roe v. Wade was overturned, more than 50,000 abortions were performed legally in Texas. After the decision, 44 were performed due to medical emergency.
“Protection for unborn babies should continue. This includes babies with a disability or fatal diagnosis in utero,” Texas Alliance for Life Amy O’Donnell said.
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The lawsuit is asking the court to clarify Texas’ abortion laws, alleging the vague language leaves doctors unable or unwilling to administer abortion care, forcing patients to seek treatment out of state or wait until their lives are in danger.
“While there are technically medical exceptions to the bans, no one knows what it means and the state won’t tell us,” Center for Reproductive Rights Molly Duane said.
“And the bottom line is life won. The body within a woman’s body is not that woman’s body,” said Amy O’Donnell of the Texas Alliance for Life.
“Things are not black and white. There’s gray area to everything, and they’re hurting real people with this law, whether that was intended or not,” said Taylor.
“It’s really about protecting women,” Texas Alliance for Life Communications Director Amy O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said banning mail-order abortion drugs in Texas ensures women are not put at risk.
“A woman cannot receive abortion inducing drugs without first seeing a physician who can ascertain how long her pregnancy is gestationally, whether a woman is RH negative, and if a woman has an ectopic pregnancy and receives those drugs in the mail, it can cost her life,” O’Donnell said.
The FDA states the use of Mifepristone in a regimen with Misoprostol is safe and effective for the medical termination of early pregnancy.
Texas penal code recognizes an unborn child as a person, but traffic laws do not. Amy O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, told the Dallas Morning News.
“And a child residing in a mother’s womb is not taking up an extra seat. And with only one occupant taking up a seat, the car did not meet the criteria needed to drive in that lane,” O’Donnell said.
“It makes us very hopeful,” executive director of Texas Alliance for Life Dr. Joe Pojman said.
But there is one thing the pro-life and pro-choice sides agree on: their bases are going to get out and vote this year.
“I think you’re gonna see a lot of people turn out this upcoming election that are angry about the position that the Supreme Court has taken, that is really against the safety and health of millions of women,” Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, president of local liberal voter group Nextgen America, said.
“We encourage Pro-life voters to get out to the polls in the midterm elections, early voting in October and Election Day in November,” Pojman added.