San Antonio, Texas has four abortion facilities, but only one has been in operation since the new heartbeat law went into effect last week.
News 4 San Antonio reports the three Planned Parenthoods in the city stopped doing abortions completely starting Sept. 1.
The fourth abortion facility, Alamo Women’s Clinic, appears to still be aborting unborn babies up to about six weeks of pregnancy when the baby’s heartbeat is detectable, according to its website. Before the law went into effect, however, it used to abort unborn babies all the way up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The abortion industry is still clinging to the hope that the courts will block the law and allow abortions to begin again.
“My hope is that the threat of civil lawsuits will somehow become neutralized by the courts, and then we can get about the business of providing whatever care is legally permissible,” Jeffrey Hons, CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Texas, told News 4.
The Texas heartbeat law went into effect Sept. 1, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. The U.S. Supreme Court refused Planned Parenthood’s and other pro-abortion groups’ request to temporarily block enforcement of the law. However, the court battle is not over.
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Unique from other state heartbeat laws, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.
It is these lawsuits and the risk of financial loss that are deterring the abortion industry from breaking the law.
Here’s more from News 4:
[Hon] noted that if the clinics had to continuously combat lawsuits and prove abortions they performed were legal, it would’ve taken time and money away from other patients.
“We have responsibilities to all of those people, and it was weighing all of that,” he said.
The law already is saving lives. While abortion activists say some women are traveling to other states for abortions, they admit that others are choosing to have their babies instead.
The legislation has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.
Chelsey Youman, the Texas state director of Human Coalition, told News 4 that the goal of the pro-life movement is to support mothers and babies, not just to ban abortions.
“Our organizations will continue to advocate for a society where women and their children thrive without abortion,” Youman said.
Whether the Texas law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.