Data Show a Durable Decline in Abortions Performed in Texas

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.

Mainstream media outlets have thus far attempted to downplay the success of this pro-life legislation. Given how these outlets usually cover pro-life issues, it is unsurprising that they have been working so hard to downplay the efficacy of the Texas law. 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.

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