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“Abortions in Texas fell by 60% in the first month under the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. in decades.” This was reported by the Associated Press news agency on Thursday.
The media received the information from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. It detailed that the nearly 2,200 abortions reported in September occurred after a new law went into effect that prohibits the procedure once cardiac activity is detected. “Usually around six weeks of pregnancy and without exceptions in cases of rape or incest,” the media outlet reported.
The nearly 2,200 abortions were compared to the more than 5,400 that occurred during August, before the law went into effect. In addition, officials told AP that this data will be provided on a monthly basis.
Abortions in Texas
The bill went into effect in September after the Court failed to respond, first to an emergency petition to block the law and then voted 5-4 to deny the petition.
El American political analyst Daniel Chang explained that the bill prohibits any abortion “upon detection of the heartbeat of an unborn child. Since the bill also deems that the fetal heartbeat ‘has become a key medical predictor’ that a fetus will survive the pregnancy and make it to birth. In effect, this law, endorsed by the courts, prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.”
He further added, “The Texas Heartbeat Act is sure to continue to make news headlines in the coming months as the federal court system continues to determine the fate of the law following the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against Texas.”