Just how many unborn babies would be saved if the Texas legislature approves the bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy? According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control, at least one baby would be spared on a daily basis.
The arithmetic shows that, on some days during the year, two babies would be saved.
From a CNS News report:
The latest “Abortion Surveillance” report was published in November 2012 and covers the abortions performed in 2009.
In Texas in 2009, according to the report, abortionists terminated a total of 74,962 unborn babies.
499 of those unborn babies were aborted at the 18th, 19th or 20th week of gestation, according to the CDC.
465 were aborted at the 21st week of gestation or later.
Given that there are 365 days in a year, Texas aborted unborn babies who had reached at least the 21st week of gestation at a rate of 1.27 per day.
Statistically, aborting unborn babies who have reached at least the 21st week of gestation is an everyday occurrence in 21st century Texas
A Texas state House committee approved the bill last week and more legislative action is expected today as the state House debates the bill.
The last attempt to pass the bill was halted in the state Senate with a pro-abortion filibuster but state Sen. Wendy Davis says she will not filibuster the bill a second time.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.