By: Maria Mendez

Meanwhile, anti-abortion groups say state leaders, who are beginning to reopen the economy, had a legitimate interest in protecting public health.

“We’re really grateful to the governor for issuing these executive orders that have been intended to protect the public and the medical providers serving the public,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance For Life.

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday on the court’s ruling.

Texas Alliance for Life issued a written statement calling on abortion providers to follow the original order to free up doctors and supplies.

“The most recent order fails to recognize the danger abortion providers pose to the public by refusing to comply with Governor Abbott’s executive order in the same way other providers of non-immediately medically necessary surgeries and procedures have done,” said Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman.

By: Sabrina Tavernise

Joe Pojman, who heads the Texas Alliance for Life, said in an e that “abortion providers should not get special treatment that puts health care providers fighting Covid-19 and their patients at unnecessary risk.”

Getting an abortion, not easy in many states under ordinary circumstances, has become even harder in recent weeks.
But the clinics, and much of the medical community, say that abortion is time-sensitive and that it could be months before emergency measures are lifted.

By: Kaley Johnson

Joe Pojman, the executive director of the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life, said that with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases projected to rise, healthcare providers’ highest priority must be treating patients who test positive and whose lives are at risk.

“That is a reality and these abortion providers need to get in tune with the reality of this crisis,” Pojman said. “Doing otherwise puts them totally out of the mainstream with what’s happening and puts patients at risk — patients who need life-saving procedures and need treatment for this virus.”

By: Maria Mendez

Abbott’s order also halted routine dermatological, ophthalmological and dental procedures, and Paxton has argued in court that abortion providers don’t have a right to special treatment.

“No one was being singled out for worse treatment or better treatment,” he told the anti-abortion group Texas Alliance For Life in a video interview on Friday. “It’s just that the abortion industry was the only group that wanted to be relieved of those restrictions.”

By: Sami Sparber

In an interview Friday with the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, Paxton said he found it “a little shocking” that abortion providers were continuing with their suit against the state.

“This is the only group of doctors and providers that have fought it,” Paxton said. “They’re not getting treated any differently. I will admit this is very inconvenient, it’s not easy for anybody, but they’re saying no, we’re special, we don’t need to be treated like everybody else, we should be treated better.”