By: Rebekah Alvey

Anti-abortion rights candidates kept control in most Nov. 8 races across the state. Republicans maintained their strong majority in the Legislature, top statewide offices remained red and the Texas delegation in the U.S. House saw all Republican incumbents and some newcomers in the GOP win.

“It shows that the pro-life message works in Texas,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “It shows that Texas remains a pro-life state.”

Pojman said his organization was pleased with the results of the U.S. House races, and was glad to see at least one of the three anti-abortion South Texas candidates win. He added the results both for the U.S. House and state Legislature races indicate the Rio Grande Valley area appears to be an area of expansion for the anti-abortion movement.

There were some victories among candidates supporting abortion rights as 51 of those endorsed by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes won their races.

By: Rylee Wilson

Joe Pojman, founder and executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said that since the court’s July 1 ruling, his organization tracked have stopped performing abortions. The modern-day abortion ban Texas lawmakers passed last year, which allows the procedure only in life-threatening situations, officially goes into effect in August . Certain respondents have noted that this year’s heat feels much worse than last year’s, she said. Here’s a status update on which abortion clinics in North Texas have closed or remain open to provide other services. Whole Woman’s Health The organization, founded in Austin in 2002, announced after closing its four Texas clinics that it would raise funds to build a New Mexico facility for women from Texas seeking abortions . “I’m not necessarily surprised that it’s happening, but I’m definitely worried. “With the shuttering of our four Texas clinics, we do not have the financial reserves to open in New Mexico without community support,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said. They received a personal greeting from Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer.

By: Brianna Stone

Anti-abortion groups in Texas also defended the law, arguing that it’s about treating fetal tissue and remains with respect, not about restricting access to abortion.

If the law went into effect, abortions would remain available and would still be performed tens of thousands times per year, said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.

“This law meets a compelling need to recognize the humanity of the unborn child,” he said.

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.