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.

By: MANNY FERNANDEZ and ERIK ECKHOLM

In Texas, the law and the hospital’s efforts to abide by it have drawn support among opponents of abortion. “The unborn child should be recognized as a separate person,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. He added, “I would say that, even if she were brain-dead, I would favor keeping treatments going to allow the child to continue to survive, with the hope the child could be ivered alive.”