By: Megan Stringer

What they’re saying: The Texas Supreme Court’s decision adhered “to our longstanding commitment to avoid undue interference with elections,” Justice Jane Bland wrote.

“Our team spent countless hours on research, we know we are well within our legal right,” organizers behind Proposition A wrote on Twitter after the ruling.
The other side: “We are tremendously disappointed in the Texas Supreme Court’s decision … despite obvious violations of state law,” said Amy O’Donnell, the communications director for Texas Alliance for Life, which sought the legal challenge, in a statement.

By: Juan Garcia de Paredes

The Texas Alliance for Life, a nonprofit organization that describes itself as pro-life, sued the San Antonio City Clerk and the San Antonio City Council on Feb. 9, alleging the proposed charter amendment violates the Texas Local Government Code, which prohibits multiple-subject charter amendments. The single-subject rule requires ballot initiatives to address a single subject, topic, or issue. Of the 26 states that provide for citizen-initiated ballot measures, 17 of those states have single-subject rules. While Texas does not provide for statewide citizen initiatives, Texas law requires local charter amendments to include only one subject.

By: Charlie Butts

While she acknowledges that some women are going out of state for abortions, Amy O’Donnell of Texas Alliance for Life points out that real help is freely available to those who are choosing life for their babies.

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“We need to educate women about the vast resources we have available to them in Texas so that they know that there is help, that there is support, and that they don’t have to walk through an unplanned pregnancy on their own,” O’Donnell tells AFN.

As the state legislature goes into session early next month, she asserts that pro-lifers will “work to keep the gains that we’ve made and prevent our law from being weakened or abolished.”

“We’ll also continue to promote the expansion of the vast resources that Texas offers to women facing planned or unplanned pregnancies,” O’Donnell adds.

A bill has been introduced for a constitutional amendment to undo all of the state’s pro-life laws, and O’Donnell recalls a headline declaring that Texans would not even have a chance to vote on it.

By: Rebekah Alvey

Anti-abortion rights candidates kept control in most Nov. 8 races across the state. Republicans maintained their strong majority in the Legislature, top statewide offices remained red and the Texas delegation in the U.S. House saw all Republican incumbents and some newcomers in the GOP win.

“It shows that the pro-life message works in Texas,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “It shows that Texas remains a pro-life state.”

Pojman said his organization was pleased with the results of the U.S. House races, and was glad to see at least one of the three anti-abortion South Texas candidates win. He added the results both for the U.S. House and state Legislature races indicate the Rio Grande Valley area appears to be an area of expansion for the anti-abortion movement.

There were some victories among candidates supporting abortion rights as 51 of those endorsed by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes won their races.

By: Steven Ertelt

Texas Alliance for Life’s Executive Director, Joe Pojman also pointed out the huge pro-life victories in Texas.

“Texas remains a pro-life state. All statewide elected officials endorsed by our PAC prevailed by decisive margins, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton. This was despite the well-funded efforts of their opponents to frighten voters by misrepresenting the effects of pro-life laws that Texas has recently passed,” he told LifeNews.

“That is especially true of various mischaracterizations of the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, which began protecting unborn children from abortion beginning at conception shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Opponents falsely claimed the law prevents appropriate treatment of certain rare but serious complications from pregnancy that threaten the mothers’ lives, which we quickly refuted,” Pojman said. “Of special note are the results of the re-election campaigns of the House and Senate authors of HB 1280, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) and Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney). We look forward to continuing to work with them and the many other pro-life legislators to protect innocent human life in Texas moving forward.”

“Thanks to largely successful election results in Congressional races, Texas will send to the U.S. House 26 pro-life members (out of 38) in 2023, up from 24 of 36 members,” Pojman noted.

By: David Montgomery

Joe Pojman, a former aerospace engineer who is now executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said the law “would completely protect unborn children from abortion beginning at conception.

“That would be the fulfillment of our dreams and goals for the last 50 years.”

But Cain and Capriglione, along with anti-abortion leaders like Pojman, emphatically dismiss the possibility of prosecuting women who get abortions, saying the criminal offenses should apply only to doctors and others who perform the procedure.

Texas’ pre-Roe abortion statute, which originated in 1854, “never even contemplated making … any penalties for the woman who has the abortion,” Capriglione said, “and my bill doesn’t either.”