“Abortion does not involve saving the actual life of a patient or treating a patient with coronavirus,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life. “Providers needed to be reminded that they are not above the law . . . and they need to come in with the crisis that Texas is facing.”
Antiabortion activists often advocate for children like Tinslee to continue receiving life-sustaining care, which bioethicists said is largely because they see denial of treatment as a failure to acknowledge the inherent value of human life. In Tinslee’s case, however, antiabortion groups are divided. While Texas Right to Life to Lewis’s side, the Texas Alliance for Life and the Texans for Life Coalition have said they agree with the doctors.
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.
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.”