One month after state law SB 8, which bans abortions upon detection of the heartbeat of unborn babies, went into effect, Texas is seeing a 50% drop in pregnancy terminations, says a study from the University of Texas at Austin.

“However, the number of abortions performed at facilities in the state may decline further the longer SB8 remains in effect,” the Oct. 29 report projects

The study compared the 4,313 abortions performed in September 2020 with the 2,164 abortions in Sept. 2021, showing a significant decrease.

Compared with August 2021, where there were 5,377 abortions in Texas, the reduction percentage in Sept. 2021 is almost 60% because the heartbeat law had not gone into effect until September.

According to Townhall, the researchers obtained the data from 19 of the state’s 24 abortion providers, which typically perform 93% of all abortions in the state. 

SB 8 prohibits abortion upon detecting the baby’s heart activity, which can take place 5 to 6 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period.  

It also allows exemptions for medical emergencies. It also empowers almost anyone to sue those who “aid and abet” a woman to perform an abortion. 

While women who violate the law cannot be sued, those who “aid or abet” her can be charged and incur a fine of $10,000 plus legal fees.

It should be noted that the Texas government offers parallel care to mothers who, despite their difficulties, take responsibility for delivering their babies. 

In this regard, “The statewide Alternatives to Abortion program promotes childbirth and provides support services to pregnant women and their families, adoptive parents, and parents who have experienced miscarriage or the loss of a child,” it offers on its website

Likewise, Texas Alliance for Life founder Joe Pojman reported the results obtained by his organization.

“Meanwhile, nearly two hundred providers under the state’s highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program offer a wide range of services to women with unplanned pregnancies for three years after the baby’s birth,” Pojman said.  

He added, “The Legislature appropriated $100 million for the next two years for those services for 150,000 women per year.”

So far, it is the most restrictive state-level abortion law in the United States, and other states such as Florida have begun introducing similar bills. 

Mirroring the Texas Heartbeat Act, Florida Republican State Representative Webster Barnaby introduced HB167. 

Exercising this potential law would require testing to determine if the unborn baby has a heartbeat and then informing the mother of the results. Physicians are not allowed to perform any procedures without the test results.

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