Reports show abortions in Texas have declined nearly 60% in the first month after the Heartbeat Act was put into effect on September 1st.
According to recent Texas Health and Human Services data, the number of abortions performed fell from 5,404 in August to 2,197 in September.
The Heartbeat Act bans all abortions aroud the 6 week mark when fetal heartbeaks may be detected. It also allows people to file lawsuits against those who perform or assist a woman in getting an abortion.
The Guardian has reported that “no anti-abortion supporters have filed any suits” in the 6 months of its enacting. However, The Dallas Morning News reported that women have been traveling to “Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisisana to obtain legal abortions.”
According to News Nation Now, abortions peaked in March 2021 at just over 5,600. Advocates claim the law has hit poor people the hardest, along with black and brown communities.
The data has also shown a slight increase in nonsurgical abortions such as medicinal routes. There are options available where a woman can take two pills taken 48 hours apart to end a pregnancy. However, Texas is seeing a crack down on abortion drugs as well.