By: John Savage

A federal district court judge on Thursday blocked a Texas law that would prevent doctors from performing the most common second-trimester abortion procedure. The law, passed by the Legislature this spring, was set to take effect Friday.

“The dismemberment procedure really is as grotesque and inhumane as anyone can imagine. The baby is killed in the process of being pulled limb from limb in the womb,“ Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told The Dallas Morning News.
“The attorney general’s office made it clear to the judge that this law is not about banning abortions, it is just about banning one very inhumane method of killing the child,” he added.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

By: John Savage

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn a ruling that blocked Texas from cutting off state Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
“Texas acted to cut off major taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because of its repugnant conduct,” the brief states. “Clear indications of Planned Parenthood’s adjustment of abortion procedures to procure and sell fetal body parts for research should be enough to reverse a district court’s egregious ruling.”

By: Eleanor Dearman, State government reporter

Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life executive director, said the group expects the three pieces of legislation to pass because they had support from both chambers during the regular session.

“Special sessions can be very tricky because there’s a much shorter period of time to pass bills, and the governor has asked the Legislature to consider quite a large number of issues,” he said. “There are very good authors that are carrying [the bills]. At this moment we see no issues with the Legislature passing each of those three bills.”

By: Madlin Mekelburg, Austin bureau

The Texas House spent six hours Friday debating, amending and eventually passing a bill that would ban certain abortion procedures and require fetal tissue from abortions or miscarriages to be buried or cremated.

The bill started as a two-pronged proposal: It would regulate how fetal remains could be handled and prohibit “partial-birth” abortions. It also included a ban on the donation or sale of fetal tissue from an elective abortion.

By: Madlin Mekelburg

Wrongful-birth suits allow parents of a child born with a genetic disability to sue their doctor if they say they weren’t properly warned about the potential for the disability or counseled on their options, including the parents’ choice to have an abortion based on the severity of the condition. Sen. Brandon Creighton, the author of the bill, said allowing the lawsuits could encourage doctors to seek out every possible disability and even promote abortions to avoid litigation. He also said he takes issue with the idea that there are “wrongful” births.

By: Madlin Mekelburg, Austin bureau

Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, said state programs offer higher quality health care to Texas women than Planned Parenthood. “Women will not see a doctor at Planned Parenthood unless they are there for an abortion,” Pojman said. “Planned Parenthood runs the largest chain of abortion facilities in the state. Women deserve better health care than Planned Parenthood is willing or able to offer, and now, in Texas, they will be able to receive it from thousands of other providers.”