By: Charlie Butts

Dr. Joe Pojman of the Texas Alliance for Life explains: “The argument is that Planned Parenthood violated state and federal law and ethical norms by trafficking in baby body parts that were deliberately harvested from abortions in Houston, Texas.”

That was only one facility among many nationwide caught in an undercover video sting by the Center for Medical Progress in which abortion-providers haggled over pricing for aborted babies’ body parts. All parties involved are watching the Texas case.

“The Fifth Circuit is hearing this with all the judges sitting together, what they call ‘en banc,’ and we believe that these judges are interpreting the law as it was written by Congress,” says the pro-life spokesman. “That means we will have a fair and level playing field – and that can only result, in our view, of Planned Parenthood being removed from the state’s Medicaid program.”

By: Charlie Butts

Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life tells OneNewsNow the laws are common-sense measures intended to protect both women and pre-born babies, such as requiring that only doctors can perform abortions; parental consent for pre-teen girls; and health codes for sterilizing surgical tools.

The hearing was held before federal Judge Lee Yeakel, who has not been friendly towards restrictive abortion laws and is expected to rule against Texas on many of its laws.

“We expect that the attorney general of Texas will appeal the case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which will give a very fair hearing and will uphold the constitutionality of all of our regulations,” Pojman predicts.

That is likely, he adds, because the U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld many of them.

By: Chris Woodward

Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, says the law wouldn’t have hindered access to abortion. The office of the Texas AG agrees.

“This law did not at all impact a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” adds Mateer. “What it dealt with was how do you take care of the remains from such an abortion. [For example], are you allowed … under current law to throw them in the trash, to show disrespect for the unborn? What this law did instead was say that you had to treat the unborn remains with dignity and respect.”

By: Charlie Butts

A pro-life leader from Texas contends that a court decision earlier this week underlines the need for more pro-life federal judges.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a temporary injunction against a law banning dismemberment abortion, which was set to go into effect Friday.

Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman is disappointed with the ruling.

“A state like Texas should have the right to protect unborn children from this absolutely gruesome method of abortion, which involves killing the baby by tearing him or her limb from limb,” Pojman argued.

By: Charlie Butts

The purpose of the law, he continues, is to “[restore] some measure of dignity to those unborn children who lose their lives to abortion and to miscarriage.” Otherwise, fetal remains will continue to be treated as medical waste. “And surely we don’t have to allow abortion-providers to grind and flush the remains of those children who die from abortion down into a sewer system,” the pro-life spokesman concludes.

By: Charlie Butts

The Lone Star State passed into law a policy that aborted babies must be buried or cremated; in response, abortion-providers quickly filed suit in federal court. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued an injunction claiming the law raised the possibility of constitutional violations and could severely limit abortion access in Texas.

But Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life tells OneNewsNow that the state’s rules have been well crafted. “… The reality is Texas cannot limit access to abortion in [the state] and these rules do not do that,” he explains.