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.
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.”
The anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life said the updated protocols, “move Texas backward, not forward.”
Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, predicts access to abortion services won’t change if the restrictions are upheld. At least one clinic would remain in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and, on a limited basis, McAllen. But two clinics in El Paso would close, leaving no provider in West Texas.
Pojman said his group is interested in candidates who are “walking it rather than talking it,” which led it to turn its back on some of the outspen conservatives in the House, including Reps. Molly White, R-Belton, and Tony Tinderholt, R-Fort Worth.
Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said at the time that he believed the cancer screening program funds could be used to supplement abortion. “They definitely can be using the money to promote abortion as a method of family planning,” he said. Planned Parenthood officially stopped receiving funds from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program in September.