By: Maggie Astor

Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, which supports the Texas law, said in a statement that the state “should have the right to protect innocent unborn babies from dismemberment abortions, in which a doctor kills a child by tearing him or her into pieces.” The fact that courts have consistently ruled against bans on dilation-and-evacuation abortions, he argued, “shows how extremely out of touch the Supreme Court precedent is with modern science, which clearly tells us that an unborn child’’ is a living human being.

By: Kim Soffen

Joe Pojman, the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, which helped organize grass-roots support for the House bill, noted that having to travel for medical care is not unique to abortion. “If you live in the Rio Grande Valley and you need specialized oncology, for example, you may be traveling to Houston,” a trip of about 350 miles, he said in an interview.