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.

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 spokeswoman Melissa Conway did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.