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Meanwhile, those in support of the law are grateful for the past eight days. “By our estimation, there are as many as 200 unborn babies’ lives who are saved every day that law is in effect,” said Dr. Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life.
A controversial and unique aspect of the law is that it allows any person to sue anyone who performs or aids in an abortion, something the DOJ says was designed to evade judicial review. However, Dr. Pojman said because of this provision, it’s unclear what the federal government’s role can or should be.
“Since there’s never been a law like this that has been created which allows citizens to enforce it, it’s not clear that the federal government is going to have a successful lawsuit; we’re going to have to see,” he said. “We’re kind of on new legal ground.”
While pro-choice groups say this is a game-changer, pro-life organizations say this is a step in the wrong direction.
“We’re disappointed that the Biden Harris administration we would go to these lengths,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.
Lengths Attorney General Merrick Garland says are necessary.
“Eighty-five to 90 percent of abortions performed in Texas before this law was in effect, we’re on patients who are past the six-week mark,” Duble claimed.
The law also doesn’t make exceptions for victims of rape or incest
“The act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme court precedent,” Garland said.
“We have to remember that if a woman is impregnated after a rape, that there are two parties involved to victims,” Pojman said. “The mother, who is the victim of rape, but also the innocent unborn child. And we should not advocate for taking the life of the unborn child.”
But it’s not just anger that’s fueling political engagement. The Texas Alliance for Life says they’re also seeing increased interest in their organization, especially on social media.
“Our numbers on our and engagements have gone through the roof. We’re astounded,” Joe Pojman, executive director Texas Alliance for Life, said.
The Texas Alliance for Life focuses on education, pro-life policy creation and promoting alternatives to abortion.
“As that message gets shared within Texas and beyond Texas, we’re ighted, that’s accomplishing our goal,” he said.
Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, explained the portion of the law that describes potential civil liabilities for violating, aiding, or abetting it. While Texas Alliance for Life did not draft the legislation, the organization supports it and believes it is well-written.
“Any individual can sue an abortion provider, the physician, nurses, other staff, or other individuals or organizations in assisting women in getting an abortion,” Pojman said. “The enforcement is all private. It comes from individuals suing someone who performs an abortion or assists someone in getting an abortion.”
What about the Uber driver who drives a woman to an abortion clinic or the therapist who discovers her client wants an abortion, has planned an abortion, or has even had one?
Pojman said a person would have to “knowingly violate the law.” The Uber driver, unless he or she is very familiar, would not knowingly be violating the law, Pojman clarified.
Texas Alliance for Life said it will not be participating in lawsuits against those who seek abortions in violation of SB 8.
Dr. Joe Pojman, founder and executive director, said that his organization has “not been involved in that and we have no plans to do that,” but will instead focus on helping women.
Pojman said that the Texas Legislature and the governor have also taken steps to help pregnant women and their children, noting that the state budget includes $100 million for the next two years for alternative pregnancy programs.
“We have vast resources in Texas to help women who have unplanned pregnancies,” he said.