A Louisiana abortion worker recently complained to NPR that the Texas heartbeat law is saving poor children from abortions.
Hope Medical Clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana has been seeing women come from Texas for abortions since the pro-life law went into effect Sept. 1, according to the report.
However, staff at the abortion facility admitted to NPR that the law is preventing some women from getting abortions. In other words, it is saving babies’ lives.
The Texas heartbeat law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life leaders estimate the law has saved at least 3,000 babies from violent abortion deaths since then.
But Kathaleen Pittman, administrator of the abortion facility, said that means more poor children will be born.
According to the report:
Pittman says she’s always worried that women may hurt themselves or try dangerous methods of self-induced abortion.
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But the widest-reaching result of these legal hurdles and restrictions, she said, is that a lot of children will be born to parents who can’t afford or aren’t ready to raise them.
“My biggest concern is the extreme poverty we will see,” she said. “If people can’t access care one way or the other, they’re going to have larger families that they struggle to take care of.”
Pittman complained about the pro-life laws in Louisiana, too, including a ban on late-term abortions and a waiting period law that requires abortion facilities to provide informed consent information to pregnant mothers at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. Louisiana also has a heartbeat law, but it is not in effect at this point.
“It’s kind of ironic, really,” Pittman told NPR. “Because aside from [the Texas heartbeat law], our regulations are so horrific.”
Killing an unborn baby in an abortion is what is truly horrific. It is not a solution to poverty or any other problem. The abortion industry does not help women by doing abortions. They just take their money, abort their unborn babies and then send them back into the world to deal with their problems on their own.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are working not only to ban abortions but also to help families overcome poverty and other struggles.
Earlier this year, along with passing the heartbeat law, Texas state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies. This included $100 million for the state Alternatives to Abortion program as well as additional funding for the Healthy Texas Women program.
“We’re concerned about not just saying no to abortion but supporting women who are facing unexpected pregnancies or other difficult circumstances,” John Seago, legislative director of Texas Right to Life, told The Atlantic last month. “That needs to be the pro-life vision for the state of Texas. Part of our core agenda every session is increasing funding to these programs that support women and their families”
Texas has hundreds of pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and other charities that are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering free resources and emotional support to help them and their babies.
Pro-life advocates are working to expand support for families in other states, too, through laws, charities and local outreach. Pro-lifers are dedicated to walking alongside parents and babies long-term, encouraging them and empowering them with the truth that they are strong enough and capable enough to succeed.