Anti Choice Religious zealots are after both Planned Parenthood and Women’s right to chose in decisions on birth and abortion in Texas.
Currently, Texas law prohibits abortions during the third trimester unless the health or life of the mother is at stake or if there are fetal abnormalities. A study by the Texas Medical Association published in 2005 found ‘evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester.’
Blake Rocap, the legislative director for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said his organization would fight such a bill, and that decisions about abortion should be left to a woman, her family and her physician. ‘This legislation appeals and panders to a very narrow slice of the most socially conservative primary voters in the state,’ Rocap said
Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said his organization’s ‘big goal’ in the upcoming session is to ‘continue to defund Planned Parenthood’ by banning health providers affiliated with abortion providers from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.