Texas Alliance for Life Responds to Lawsuits against Abortion Provider under Texas Heartbeat Act

At least two lawsuits have been filed in state court against Alan Braid, a well-known San Antonio abortion doctor who claims to have performed an abortion after the baby’s heartbeat was detectable, in violation of the Texas Heartbeat Act.

These lawsuits may test whether the act can survive challenges in state or federal courts. The terrible Roe v. Wade Supreme Court precedent prevents states from protecting unborn babies from abortion when the baby is not viable, usually before 22-24 weeks. The Texas Heartbeat Act certainly strives to reverse that.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will revisit Roe on December 1 when they hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court will consider whether any pre-viability abortion ban is constitutional. A decision is expected in late June.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will modify Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion throughout pregnancy beginning at conception,” said Dr. Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life’s Executive Director. “The Legislature has already passed, and pro-life Governor Abbott has signed, the Human Life Protection Act to completely protect those unborn children when and to the extent the Court overturns Roe.”

At the same time the Legislature passed the Texas Heartbeat Act and the Human Life Protection Act, they also increased funding for the state’s highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program to $100 million over the next two years with the goal of serving 150,000 clients a year. The program provides services for three years after the birth of the child.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.