By: Charlie Butts

Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life tells OneNewsNow the laws are common-sense measures intended to protect both women and pre-born babies, such as requiring that only doctors can perform abortions; parental consent for pre-teen girls; and health codes for sterilizing surgical tools.

The hearing was held before federal Judge Lee Yeakel, who has not been friendly towards restrictive abortion laws and is expected to rule against Texas on many of its laws.

“We expect that the attorney general of Texas will appeal the case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which will give a very fair hearing and will uphold the constitutionality of all of our regulations,” Pojman predicts.

That is likely, he adds, because the U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld many of them.

By: Paul Cobler

On the other side of the debate, Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, also said he doesn’t expect any Supreme Court reversals in the near future.

“Unfortunately, the case law is currently very bad and the precedent is very bad against the Texas Legislature for doing what we think is just a matter of justice,” Pojman said. “I’m very cautious, and I’m not foreseeing any earthquakes any time soon.”

By: Brianna Stone

It would take five Supreme Court votes to overturn the ruling. Kavanaugh could be the fifth, though Texas Alliance for Life director Joe Pojman said he doesn’t believe Roe will be overturned.

“But there is a good chance, if other questions came before the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh could help us prevail on issues we have not in the past,” Pojman said.

In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that would require abortion clinics to meet surgical-center standards and require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Senate Bill 8, the major abortion bill of last year’s legislative session, is still being challenged in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The law would require fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages to be cremated or buried and outlaw a common second-trimester procedure, dilation and evacuation, which abortion opponents refer to as as “dismemberment” abortion.

Pojman said he believes Kavanaugh could help uphold these laws if they come before the Supreme Court.

“We don’t expect Roe to be overturned anytime soon, but we hope that sometime in the future the precedent will change to protect unborn children,” Pojman said.

By: Sophie Novack

Love began lobbying in 1999 at the encouragement of Joe Pojman, executive director of anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life. Love has “an inexhaustible energy when it comes to defending unborn babies,” Pojman said this spring. The two met through Pojman’s wife, who is Love’s patient. (“He caught all of my babies when they came out,” Pojman said, laughing.) They’ve worked together since — Pojman calls Love “around the clock” to discuss strategy; Love reaches out for lobbying tips.

By: Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Pojman doesn’t expect Planned Parenthood to make headway in the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature, whose members have already vowed to propose new abortion restrictions next year.

“If they’re looking to gut any of our substantive informed-consent laws, including the sonogram laws, or prohibitions for funding for elective abortions or other protective measures that have been passed over the last 20 years, I would call this a publicity stunt,” he said of Planned Parenthood. “None of those attempts to repeal any of those laws would have any chance whatsoever.”