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More lives continued to saved by Texas Heartbeat Law

by | Dec 16, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

As a result of the Supreme Court’s December 10th decision, Texas’s Heartbeat law remains good law. Consequently more babies will be saved, as many as 100 a day!

“The result of the Court’s decisions is largely a victory for the pro-life movement,” said James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel for National Right to Life. “The federal courts will only be able to enjoin Texas professional licensing boards from enforcing the law, leaving lawsuits by private citizens to enforce the law intact. The Court recognized that the constitutionality of the Texas law can be litigated in state court when such private lawsuits are brought, which, of course, is the normal situation, but not through a preemptive challenge in federal court that the abortion clinics were seeking.”

In the meanwhile, while abortion statistics are slow in coming in, direct and indirect evidence says the impact is substantial.

A recent study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas compared Texas abortion numbers in 2020 and 2021.

We obtained monthly data on the total number of abortions provided at 19 of Texas’ 24 abortion facilities, which provide approximately 93% of all abortions reported in state annual vital statistics data. We compared the percent change in the number of in-state abortions that occurred between July and September 2021, relative to the same months in 2020. Overall, 2,164 abortions were provided in September 2021 and 4,313 in September 2020, a 49.8% decrease. …

This decrease is larger than the 13% decline that occurred following the 2013 implementation of an omnibus abortion bill, House Bill 2 (HB2), which required physicians who provided abortion care to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, among other restrictions, and resulted in the closure of over half of Texas’ abortion facilities. It is also larger than the 38% decrease in abortions that occurred following Texas’ March 23, 2020 Executive Order, which prohibited most abortions for a period of 30 days at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The law was passed in May and went into effect on September 1. According to  Micaiah Bilger, “Since then, Texas abortion facility directors have reported even bigger drops in their abortion numbers, as high as 80 percent compared to the previous year, according to the Texas Tribune. With more than 54,000 abortions reported in Texas in 2020, that equates to thousands of unborn babies’ lives saved thus far.”

To take one prominent example, Whole Woman’s Health operates four abortion clinics in Texas. They “are operating at 20% to 30% of their previous service levels, with only a fraction of patients coming in or qualifying for abortions under the new restrictions, said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO,” reported Karen Brooks Harper, and Eleanor Klibanoff.

In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas. About 85 percent took place after six weeks of pregnancy.

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