100 Babies Saved Per Day by Texas Heartbeat Act, New Data Confirms

A from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) confirms a substantial drop in abortions in September 2021 after implementation of the Texas Heartbeat Act. The state agency reported a total of 2,197 abortions in Texas, compared to just one month before, which had an astonishing 5,404 abortions committed.

The 2,197 abortions in September represents a 60% decrease in abortions.

Before the Texas Heartbeat Act, there were more than 160 abortions committed each day in Texas. In September, this plummeted to around 70 each day. Thus, the new report confirms Texas Right to Life’s early estimations: The Texas Heartbeat Act saves around 100 babies each day from the horrors of abortion.

Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz responded:

“The success of the Texas Heartbeat Act is embodied by every child saved. For over 150 days, our work has rescued an estimated 100 babies per day. Our impact is only just beginning as more states seek to replicate our success and as we look to the Mississippi case that could overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.”

Of the 2,197 abortions in September, only one is reported to have taken place between 17-20 weeks post-fertilization. HHSC verified this was a case where the life of the mother was in immediate danger. Notably, this was the only medically necessary abortion reported to have taken place in September.

Anti-Life critics of the Texas Heartbeat Act have been adamant that the new law will put women in danger, and that preventing them from receiving early abortions would require them to seek later abortions due to a medical emergency. On the other hand, some Pro-Life skeptics of the Texas Heartbeat Act asserted that abortionists would circumvent the law by carrying on business as usual and reporting everything as being a “medical emergency.”

However, the actual data reveal both of these fears to be untrue. The fact that medically emergent abortions have not increased proves that they are not surging in necessity and that they are not being used as excuses.

Although some women may be traveling out of state to obtain abortion, those numbers are small and unconfirmed at this point.

Based on these figures, the law has likely saved 15,000 children since taking effect. Texas Right to Life will continue to track the abortion reporting data as they are released to see the long-term impact of the Texas Heartbeat Act. In the meantime, we celebrate the lives being spared as a direct result of this life-saving law!

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.