Texas Abortions Decline 58%, Heartbeat Law Saves Thousands of Unborn Babies From Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 24, 2022   |   1:55PM   |   Austin, Texas

The Texas heartbeat law has saved thousands of unborn babies from violent abortion deaths since it went into effect Sept. 1, reducing abortions by 50 percent in the first month alone and 58% in the first two months. The pro-life law has been in effect for over 200 days.

One study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas at Austin compared Texas abortion numbers in 2020 and 2021 and found that abortions dropped 50 percent, the report found. According to the research, “2,164 abortions were provided in September 2021” compared to “4,313 in September 2020.”

Since then, Texas abortion facility directors have reported even bigger drops in their abortion numbers, as new data from the Texas health department confirms.

As pro-life researcher Michael New writes:

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission recently released abortion data showing that there were 2,251 abortions performed in the state in October 2021. With these statistics, we now know that the Texas Heartbeat Act — which took effect on September 1, 2021 — has significantly reduced the number of abortions performed in Texas. Data show that in both September and October of last year, the number of abortions performed in Texas fell by more than 58 percent from August 2021 levels.

New says reports from the liberal media about abortions in Texas are making false claims that abortions have not declined.

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For instance, there have been a number of reports on the fact that Texas women have traveled to other states to obtain abortions. Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a story on its blog “The Upshot,” arguing that much of the abortion decline in Texas after the law took effect was offset by increases in mail-order abortions and Texas women obtaining abortions out of state.

But as I pointed out in a Corner post at the time, the data that the Times used in that post was not official; it was self-reported by abortion facilities. Additionally, the number of chemical-abortion pills requested via mail is not necessarily equal to the number of chemical abortions that women actually obtained. Some number of women may well have obtained the drugs but not taken them. It is also worth noting that media coverage of the Texas abortion decline has ignored the work of Texas pregnancy help centers, which have ramped up their work to assist pregnant women in need.

Although some babies are killed in out of state abortions and some babies are dying because of increased use of the dangerous abortion pill, the overall net effect of the ban is that thousands of babies have been saved.

Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton provided an update on the Texas abortion ban today, and he confirmed the heartbeat law has saved 17,000 babies from abortions.

Paxton said the state’s ban on abortions after n unborn babies heartbeat can be detected at 6 weeks has saved “17,000 newborn lives” in the six months since the law went into effect. He said the pro-life law is responsible for a 60% decline in abortions.

“Simply by having SB8 enacted, thousands of lives have already been saved in Texas. Stopping abortion providers from conducting these barbaric practices is yet another win for our great state. I will continue to fight tirelessly for the rights of the unborn,” Paxton said in a statement LifeNews obtained.

“Abortions fell by 60 percent in Texas the first month after SB8 took effect. Abortion providers asked both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite their attack on the law by sending the case to a lower court, but they refused to do so,” Paxton added.

Analysis from researchers Michael New and Randy O’Bannon have also confirmed that the Texas law is saving babies despite the increase in the abortion pill and out of state abortions.

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 babiesensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.

Women may call or text 1-800-712-4357 or chat online with OptionLine, a 24-hour bilingual hotline run by Heartbeat International that has helped connect millions of women to pregnancy and parenting resources.

The law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It also includes a unique private enforcement provision that allows individuals to sue abortionists who violate the law.

Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion chain that does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S., slammed the private enforcement as “malicious,” claiming it would “cause imminent, irreparable injury” to its abortionists and other staff. It and another abortion business filed lawsuits against the abortion ban to try to stop it — and they lost their cases at both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court. In December, the Supreme Court left only part of the abortion groups’ lawsuit in place and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for consideration. It also threw out a second lawsuit by President Joe Biden‘s administration.

During arguments before the court, State Solicitor General Judd Stone responded that the law clearly states that enforcement is private. Stone told the justices that there is no “ordinary English interpretation that entertains any possibility of public enforcement.”

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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. That means more than 100 unborn babies with beating hearts may be spared from abortion every single day in Texas.

Polls show Americans support heartbeat lawsAn April poll by the University of Texas-Austin found that 49 percent of Texans support making abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, while 41 percent oppose it. In 2019, a national Hill-HarrisX survey also found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, and instead forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. The court is scheduled to release a decision this summer on a Mississippi case in the fall that challenges this precedent.