Some, but not all, opponents of abortion rights in Texas were disappointed Trump did not endorse federal restrictions. Trump said, “You must also win elections to restore our culture and in fact, to save our country, which is currently and very sadly, a nation in decline.”

“We have not taken any position on a federal abortion law, and that’s in large part because it would not affect Texas,” said Amy O’Donnell, communications director of Texas Alliance for Life. “Our laws protect life now from conception on.”

The Texas law does not have exceptions for rape or incest, provisions which Trump supports. Texas Alliance for Life did praise Trump for appointing the three justices who helped to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that established the constitutional right to an abortion.

O’Donnell said she applauds Trump for “appointing Supreme Court justices who took a fresh look at Roe in light of the Constitution.”
The former president touted that in his new video, as well. Trump said he is “proudly the person responsible.”

Haynes announced she would be running earlier this year, challenging long-time incumbent John Smithee (R-Amarillo). Smithee has been in office since 1984. His current reelection bid has earned the backing of Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney Ken Paxton, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. Smithee broke with other lawmakers in Austin to be one of the few who did not vote to impeach Paxton or to remove vouchers from an education reform bill.

By: Tibisay Zea

“Illegal trafficking of abortion inducing drugs is really a federal issue. The Biden Harris administration is completely pro-abortion, but we do hope that a future pro-life admiration will be willing to take action have those breaking the law by trafficking these abortion inducing drugs illegally extradited to stay on trial.” said Amy O’Donnell with Texas Alliance for Life.

By: Janice Hisle

Amy O’Donnell, spokeswoman for Texas Alliance for Life, told The Epoch Times that Trump deserves credit for his work in the pro-life arena.

“It is important to recognize that President Trump made great gains in the pro-life movement and kept his promises as far as advocating for the protection of life,” she said. “So we have to just pause and show our gratitude for that. He definitely prioritized life in his first presidency.”

By: Linda Spina

Texas Alliance for Life had the opposite view and called the defeat of the proposal a victory for unborn babies.

“We hope this defeat sends a strong message to those activists seeking to circumvent statewide laws that protect unborn babies from abortion,” Amy O’Donnell, director of communications for the pro-life Texas Alliance for Life, said when speaking to the media.

“Gimmicks, like the bundling of the decriminalization of abortion with other measures, did not work in San Antonio. Texans won’t stand for it, and our cities deserve better.”

By: Bridget Sielicki

Opponents of the measure argued early on against its wide reach. Texas Alliance for Life, a pro-life group, petitioned the Texas Supreme Court in February to block the proposal on the basis that its six distinct and unrelated amendments violated state law. The Court refused to intervene, however, citing its resolve not to interfere in local elections.

Texas law currently protects nearly all preborn children from abortion. Though city officials acknowledged that they would be unable to go against state law should the proposal have passed, they hoped to deprioritize enforcement of abortion laws and send a symbolic message to the state.