By: Alex Gibbs

This weekend, to accommodate for COVID, pro-life leaders across the state held revamped rallies for the annual ‘Texas Rally for Life’ in various cities including Waco.

Even during a pandemic, John Pisciotta and dozens won’t give up the fight against abortion and Planned Parenthood.

By: Chuck Lindell

Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, testified that his organization will be pushing the Human Life Protection Act, which would set “a complete ban on abortion beginning at fertilization” if allowed by the Supreme Court.

If the high court chisels away at abortion rights, perhaps by approving Mississippi’s currently challenged law ending abortion at 15 weeks, the act would implement the 15-week ban in Texas, Pojman said.

“Texas needs a law to ban abortions to the extent allowable,” he told the committee.

Until the Supreme Court acts, heartbeat bills and other legislation to severely limit when abortions are allowed will continue to be overturned by lower courts, “saving no lives,” Pojman said.

By: Matt Dotray

Is it constitutional?

Dr. Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life, a statewide non-profit organization of people committed to protecting the fundamental right to life from conception until natural death, according to its website, is a statewide pro-life figure who came out against the ordinance earlier this week.

Pojman applauded the movement and the overall effort. He said he’s vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood coming to Lubbock and hopes the citizens of Lubbock continue to protest it, and that the protesters are successful in closing Planned Parenthood’s doors. He said the State of Texas provides resources for women’s health services available outside of Planned Parenthood.

Pojman said he strongly respects State Sen. Charles Perry, the Lubbock Republican who’s helping lead the ordinance; Pojman said Perry earned their “Courageous Defense of Life” award.

However, Pojman believes this ordinance will not save a single baby from an abortion, and says there’s a risk this ordinance moves the pro-life cause backwards, not forwards. Pojman said there’s a right way to fight for pro-life causes, and he said that’s done at the federal and state level, not the city.

If this passes, Pojman expects the city to lose money and time defending the ordinance until it gets ruled unconstitutional.

“As someone who has been around on the scene for than three decades, I do not expect to see any silver bullet that is going to end the practice of abortions,” Pojman said. “A local ordinance or a state law that bans abortions immediately is not going to stop abortions. It has been tried many times and none of those work. We need votes on the Supreme Court who are willing to take a fresh lo at Roe v. Wade.”

Pojman said the courts will not let states or municipalities ban abortions under Roe v. Wade. He said that’s the reality, and he called that reality awful and tragic.

By: Schaefer Edwards

Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman expressed disappointment, but made sure to declare it wasn’t a major setback for the pro-life movement since it only upheld the Supreme Court’s previous ruling in the Whole Woman’s Health case. In a prepared statement, Pojman said that while the impact of Monday’s ruling “is not lost on us,” their end goal remains clear.

“The Supreme Court’s unjust Roe v. Wade precedent must be reconsidered from an unbiased perspective,” he said.

“In the instance that a woman has a complication with an abortion and has to be rushed to an emergency room at a nearby hospital, that doctor should be able to follow her and continue treating the patient,” said Texas Alliance for Life Director Joe Pojman.

Pojman said the 5 to 4 vote was disappointing, however, it’s not a setback.

“We have lost no ground. The rule requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital privileges in Louisiana, Texas, and other states, reasonable as it is, cannot be enforced today just as it could not be enforced prior to this ruling. Abortion facilities can continue to challenge safety regulations that clearly benefit the women they claim to represent. Additionally, there was no expectation the Court would overrule Roe v. Wade today because Louisiana did not ask for that,’ said Pojman.

Pojman said Texas tried to pass a similar law in 2013, but that was also shut down. “So abortion providers are flourishing in Texas and there are than a dozen that operate with very low safety standards,”he said. Pojman said Texas has over 50,00 abortions every year and notes women should be able to receive emergent medical care in the case of an emergency.

“The only way we can change this is to get Justices on the Supreme Court to take a fresh lo at Roe vs Wade and that will only happen if Donald Trump gets re-elected as president,” said Pojman.

Pojman said the Supreme Court’s unjust Roe v. Wade precedent must be reconsidered from an unbiased perspective.