Abortions fell 60% in Texas in the first month of the most restrictive abortion law in decades in the United States, according to data recently released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The legislation, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, went into effect Sept. 1, 2021, and is now the governing law in Texas, effectively ending the Roe v. Wade ruling in the state.
According to reports, September 2021 saw nearly 2200 abortions, resulting in a marked drop from previous months of the year that averaged between 4200 and 5600 abortion procedures per month.
This data evidences the impact of Texas’ new abortion law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.
The law further authorizes citizens to file private lawsuits against those who perform, aid or abet an abortion after the limits. Any citizen can sue for $10,000 or more if he or she files a successful lawsuit, the Associated Press reported.
The world’s largest abortion provider, the international abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, which profits from the death of unborn babies, called the drop in the number of abortions, “the very beginning of the devastating impact” of the law.
The ban conflicts with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion before a fetus is viable, usually around 24 weeks of pregnancy. But because the law was written in a way that manages to circumvent the ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block it.
The Court’s ruling is expected later this year. Pro-lifers are optimistic that they will finally achieve the goal they have been fighting for: to reverse the legality of abortion in the United States.
As Life News reported in January, the 1973 ruling allowed more than 63 million children to die in the womb in the U.S. and hundreds of mothers to die from legal abortions.
Texas is also cracking down on abortion drugs. A law went into effect Dec. 1 of last year that prohibits prescribing and mailing abortion-inducing drugs to anyone more than seven weeks pregnant.
These pills involved are, mifepristone, which is taken first to block progesterone, the hormone that keeps pregnancy viable, and misoprostol which is taken a day later.
In April 2021 the FDA approved the telephone sale of both abortion pills, claiming that with the pandemic and restrictions on mobility, access to these drugs became more difficult.
These pills have caused the death of many women due to hemorrhage. In the United States, 24 deaths and 4000 adverse events have been reported from the use of these two pills.