Nearly 20 years ago, about 1,000 unborn babies lost their lives to abortion every year in Webb County, Texas.
As many as three abortion facilities used to do business there, the Express News reports. But now the southern Texas county is abortion free as more women choose life for their unborn babies.
Texas has been a leader in the pro-life movement, passing pro-life legislation to protect unborn babies and moms from abortion and supporting them with pregnancy and parenting resources. And statistics show these efforts are saving lives.
Webb County is just one example.
According to the report, 1,044 unborn babies were aborted in the county in 2001. Just three years later, however, there were no abortion practitioners left in the county.
Here’s more from the report:
The city’s last abortion provider stopped visiting from San Antonio in 2003. And according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, no private doctors, clinics or hospitals in Webb County now perform the procedure.
At one time Laredo had three women’s clinics that performed abortions, City Health Director Dr. Hector Gonzalez said.
“I’m sorry they left. All the politics aside, and the criticism, they provide comprehensive women’s preventive care,” Gonzalez said.
Most women are not traveling to different counties for abortions either. According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the number of women in Webb County who aborted unborn babies dropped 74 percent from 2001 to 2015. The Express News reports this is “the most dramatic decrease of any metro area on the Texas-Mexico border.”
According to the report, pregnancy rates in the county also dropped 36 percent over that time period.
“I’d like to say that family planning, preventative medicine, comprehensive care, has made the difference. Because we definitely have seen, just in birth … a 20 percent decrease. So people are waiting,” Gonzalez told the news outlet.
Some cross the border into Mexico to buy abortion drugs illegally, and abortion activists blame pro-lifers for pushing women to less safe abortion measures. But pro-lifers often question if abortion activists over-inflate the number of unsafe and illegal abortions that take place every year.
Gonzales said he has been at the health department for 16 years and has never seen a single case of an at-home abortion.
It’s clear that pro-life efforts are saving lives in Texas. From banning brutal dismemberment abortions to defunding Planned Parenthood to supporting programs that offer life-affirming support for pregnant and parenting moms, the state has focused heavily on protecting life. Most women do not want abortions. Instead, they may feel that it is their only option in a desperate time. And when they receive the support that they and their babies deserve, many do choose life for their babies.