By: Gilad Edelman

Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, an antiabortion group, had not yet read the report, but he argued that any dec in abortions resulted from several factors. Some clinics, he said, chose to close even though they were able to comply with HB 2 regulations. And laws approved in previous legislative sessions that require women to receive ultrasounds and counseling before an abortion procedure also contributed to the dec, he said.

By: Niraj Chokshi

Shortly before the ruling, the Texas Alliance for Life sent out a news release saying the new provisions were needed to improve safety standards for women. They highlighted a state inspection report for the Whole Woman’s Health facility in Beaumont, which indicated that the facility had numerous violations as of Oct. 3, including rusty equipment and a six-inch hole in the flooring of a cabinet used to store sterilization materials.

“Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood want the public to believe that abortion facilities are safe for women,” Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said in a statement. “No woman should be exposed to such horrendous conditions. Women deserve better.”