According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission a Texas law that bans abortions of babies with a detectable heartbeat has already saved the lives of upwards of 15,000 babies since its inception 5 months ago.
The Texas Heartbeat Act requires abortionists to screen for a pre-born baby’s heartbeat and prohibits abortion if a heartbeat can be heard (generally as early as six weeks), with exceptions only for medical emergencies. It relies on a unique enforcement mechanism, which “exclusively” empowers private citizens to bring civil suits against abortionists instead of state prosecutions.
According to an HHSC released a report finding that abortions had dropped from 5,404 in August 2021 to 2,197 in September, the month the Texas Heartbeat Act took effect, a reduction in 60%. Daily abortions also dropped from approximately 160 to 70. Overall, Texas Right to Life (TRTL) estimates that the law has saved 15,000 babies since taking effect.
The Act is being challenged in court by pro abortion activists, but the supreme court has allowed the law to remain in effect while arguments work their way through the court system. In the meantime, the law has induced abortion chains Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health to temporarily suspend abortions past six weeks in the state.
Many people who value the sanctity of life nationwide are watching the Supreme Court to see what the resolution over this legal battle will be.