By: Jackie Wang

Joe Pojman, executive director of anti-abortion organization Texas Alliance for Life, said the intention of the bill is not to add grief to women who miscarry, but the state has a legitimate interest in preserving the dignity of the “unborn child.”

“In our view, and in the view of the state of Texas, there is a second person there,” Pojman said. “It is incumbent on the state to ensure that the dignity of the person who has died is recognized.”

He praised the attorney general’s legal team and said though he’s not certain how the judge will rule, the state did “as good a job as possible defending this law.”

By: Jackie Wang

Outside of the courthouse, Texas Alliance for Life held a prayer vigil and rally. Under the nearly triple-digit heat of the afternoon, dozens of pro-life advocates prayed and sang gospel songs in the park outside the courthouse.

“We are here to pray for a successful outcome of this case,” said Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life executive director. “If you know people who have had abortions or miscarriages, they are very concerned about what happens to the remains of those babies. An unborn child is a person, and the remains should be treated as such.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that he was confident that the judge would find the fetal remains burial law constitutional.

By: Jackie Wang

Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion-rights group Texas Alliance for Life, said the law merely asks the state to bury fetuses in the same way adults who die are buried.

“We think those regulations are appropriate, and there should be similar regulations to handle unborn babies who die from miscarriage or abortion,” he said.

By: Jackie Wang, Austin Bureau

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued an advisory Thursday asking parishes not to participate in volunteer efforts with anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life.

“We write to inform you of our concerns with Texas Right to Life and we urge parishes not to participate in their activities or allow the organization to use parish sites,” the bishops said in their advisory.

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The bishops clarified that the Texas Alliance for Life and the Texans for Life Coalition maintain positions consistent with their own.

Texas Right to Life speswoman Melissa Conway did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

By: Jackie Wang

AUSTIN — A federal judge on Monday blocked a controversial state law that requires miscarried or aborted fetuses to be cremated or buried.

U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra of San Antonio issued a preliminary injunction that bars Texas officials from carrying out the law, which would have taken effect Thursday.

The case grew out of an earlier lawsuit, brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Whole Woman’s Health and other abortion providers, to challenge a regulation from the Department of State Health Services that said fetal remains must be buried.

Proponents of the law say it allows the state to ensure fetuses are not treated like other medical waste. Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said if the law goes into effect, it won’t change how many women have abortions. But plaintiffs argue the law would increase the cost of abortion, making it less accessible for women.

Pojman said he thinks the law has a good chance of being upheld, despite Monday’s preliminary injunction.

“The federal courts in Austin typically do not uphold the laws regarding abortion passed by the Legislature, but we do have very good track record of these laws being sustained by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Pojman said.