By: Kevin Daley

Texas’s experience suggests that overturning Roe v. Wade will not prove to be a seismic political event, at least as far as election outcomes are concerned. The muted reaction to the Texas Heartbeat Act, the beginning of the end of abortion in Texas, only emboldened pro-life elements across the state.

“The sun rose as usual. Life went on. And there was not a tsunami of opposition to that law,” said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., an aerospace engineer who now leads the Texas Alliance for Life.

Pojman told the Washington Free Beacon that his group viewed the Heartbeat Act’s enactment as a “dress rehearsal” for the possibility that Roe would be overturned, which came to pass in June. The ensuing weeks gave them a chance to fine-tune talking points and assess reaction from coalition partners.
The following months were all the more encouraging, Pojman told the Free Beacon. The alliance endorsed dozens of candidates in Republican primaries across the state, he said, and he did not detect any reticence or hesitancy from Republican lawmakers, an assessment shared by other Texas Republicans the Free Beacon interviewed.

“People running for office all up and down the ballot cannot be pro-life enough in the Republican primary,”

Pojman told the Free Beacon. “Our PAC interviewed dozens of candidates for Congress, the state house, and statewide elected office. It’s amazing. Virtually everyone is more pro-life than Mother Teresa.”

By: Leif Le Mahieu

Texas pro-life groups praised lawmakers for coming together in a bipartisan fashion. Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said the criminal penalties are necessary checks against bad actors taking advantage of vulnerable women.

“We think the time is right for this to happen,” Pojman told the Free Beacon. “We are very afraid that illegal mail-order abortions could become commonplace in Texas, and we think that the criminal penalties are going to help mitigate that problem.”

In the last several years, chemical abortions have become the most common form of abortion in Texas. Pojman estimates that 28,000 chemical abortions were carried out in Texas in 2020 and that number could rise dramatically if pharmaceutical companies are allowed to bypass doctors and ship directly to women.

“We think that is a grave mistake,” Pojman said.