There is no statistical evidence to date that the changes have led to more unwanted pregnancies. Texas birth rates have fallen and abortions have dropped, in line with national trends.
Joe Pojman, executive director of anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said the budget provision was a “big victory” for his group, which lobbied for the measure.
“We think the money is far better spent on the numerous alternative providers that are available throughout Texas,” Pojman said. “I dont think that [Planned Parenthood] will be missed at all when they leave the program, because there’s such a vast network of providers — many of whom provide a far higher level of services.”
Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said it was “sensational” session for his group. He added that it was understandable that the Legislature was taking a more piecemeal approach to abortion legislation after the restrictions on abortion it enacted in 2013.
“For us, that was the bill of the century,” Pojman said. “I don’t think I’ll live for another bill of that magnitude.”
“This does not protect the health and safety of women who are undergoing abortion,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “”This is definitely a short-term loss, but not necessarily a long- term loss.”
Joe Pojman, an anti-abortion activist with Texas Alliance for Life, also sympathized with Davis in a statement to the San Antonio Express-News, but said he still disagrees with her choice to have an abortion.
“She definitely experienced a loss of two children, and we are sympathetic to her for that,” Pojman said. “The position of our organization is that we do not favor, and we don’t recommend, aborting a child who has a severe disability, the same as we can’t recommend destroying a newborn child who has a severe disability. Both of them are children.”
Admitting privileges allow a doctor, who is typically recognized as a staff member of a hospital, to admit a patient to that facility. It is common sense to make that a requirement for abortion providers, according to Joe Pojman, director of the anti-abortion group, Texas Alliance for Life.