The Texas Heartbeat Act, which protects unborn infants when a fetal heartbeat is found, has dramatically cut the number of abortions in the Lone Star State. This week, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission disclosed the abortion data for September 2021, the first entire month of the law’s implementation.
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Heartbeat Act prevents around 75 abortions in Texas every day. According to the data, 2,197 abortions were conducted in Texas in September 2021, down 51% from September 2020.
According to a survey conducted by Heartbeat International, 41% of pregnancy clinics in Texas and the neighboring states have witnessed a rise in customers. Data from the Texas women’s deliveries from this spring and summer will give much more clarity on the Heartbeat Act’s impact. To be sure, some women from Texas are getting their abortions in other states to get around the law.
Moreover, according to a new study, the orders issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that delayed elective procedures and surgeries lowered the number of abortions in Texas in March 2020 that spring. Other research suggests that incremental pro-life legislation reduces abortion rates in the United States. Such regulations have been shown to cut abortion rates in other countries, such as Poland and Ireland.
Therefore Abortion rates in Texas, like many other states, have quietly begun to rise after years of reduction. Over 39,000 abortions were performed in Texas in the first eight months of 2021, increasing more than 11 percent over 2017. While the Heartbeat Act will face legal challenges in the future, new numbers show that the measure successfully safeguards unborn lives. Other conservative states that want to protect unborn children should follow Texas’ example.