The New York Times published a report that Texas has reduced abortions by half since the passage of the state’s Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.
“In September, after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, the number of legal abortions performed there dropped 50 percent from the same month in 2020, according to data released Friday by a group of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin,” the New York Times reported.
“No prior Texas abortion restriction has been followed by a drop so steep,” the report said. “Clinic directors and outside scholars say they expect the number of abortions in Texas will keep falling as long as the law remains in effect.”
The Times quoted a number of abortion groups decrying the effectiveness of the law, but also acknowledged that the “sharp decline is in keeping with the goals of the bill’s authors,” and represents a massive success from the perspective of the pro-life movement.