By: Mike Ward

Governor props Texas as lead in ‘defending’ against abortion

Facing thousands of anti-abortion supporters in front of the State Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday spe about how, 21 years ago, he held a tiny baby in his arms and marveled at the new life.

“The mother decided against a abortion, giving the baby a chance at life,” Abbott told the hushed crowd at the Texas Rally for Life.

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The child is now on the dean’s list in college – and is his daughter, Audrey, Abbott explained.

“It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and since then, Texas has become the national leader in defending life,” Abbott said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. “As governor, I will fight for every child to have a chance at life.”

In a GOP-controlled state that has some of the strongest anti-abortion laws – 10 of which were enacted last year, including a ban on dismemberment abortions and the sale of fetal tissue to a requirement that fetal remains be given a proper burial and a continued cutoff of Planned Parenthood funding from the state – Abbott and other speakers drew loud applause from the crowd when they talked about a goal of eventually outlawing all abortions in Texas.

By: Todd Ackerman

In a victory for Texas’ medical community, a Harris County state district judge Friday rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that allows doctors to withdraw life-sustaining treatment against the wishes of the patient or guardian.

Judge Bill Burke said it would be “a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water” to repeal the controversial 1999 law, enacted in response to doctors’ push to eliminate care they believe prolongs suffering in terminal patients. The law, which is unique to Texas, has drawn criticism from some families who say it gives doctors too much power.
“It would be a big mistake to throw out a statute in place for nearly 20 years that seems to be working pretty well,” Burke said in rejecting the request for summary judgment declaring the law unconstitutional. “If you think the law doesn’t provide sufficient protection for patients, go to the Legislature to remedy it.”

The ruling was applauded by the Texas Medical Association, which was part of a broad coalition of groups who together filed a motion in support of the law. The groups included Texas Alliance For Life, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Coalition of Texans With Disabilities and the Texas Alliance for Patient Access.

By: Andrea Zelinski

Joe Pojman, executive director for the Texas Alliance for Life, which would typically agree ideologically with the caucus, saw four of his seven anti-abortion bills die at the hands of the Freedom Caucus.

He likened the legislative meltdown to a cross-country family road trip with three kids in the back seat. The caucus, he said, is the child who “will make everyone else miserable until they get their way … The unreasonable one will not be consoled.”

By: Andrea Zelinski |

SB 25 was brought to the Legislature in part by the Texas Alliance for Life, according to Joe Pojman, executive director of the organization which is active at the Capitol. “Texas would basically say that physicians are not accountable to a disability that they didn’t cause. That’s how we view it,” said Pojman, who added that the legislation is “consistent with the state’s policy of promoting childbirth over abortion.”

By: Bobby Cervantes

The dark money issue came up briefly when Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, urged legislators to require the disclosure of anonymous donors. “Some of these elections are decided by 30 votes or fewer. It makes a big difference,” Pojman said. “Expenditures are reported, but the donors are not. That’s a lack of transparency. That undermines confidence in the election process and in the elected officials who benefit from those ads.”