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Via AAN:

The abortion rate in the state of Texas has now reportedly plummeted by a shocking 60 percent only months after the state enacted it’s ‘heartbeat law’ which effectively banned abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy.

As The Daily Wire reports:

In September 2021, the first month after Texas implemented its new abortion law, called the “Heartbeat Act,” which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected in the baby, usually around six weeks of pregnancy, abortions plummeted a staggering 60% from the previous month.

According to data provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 2,197 abortions were performed in Texas in September while 5,404 abortions had been performed in August. The previous months in 2021 looked like this: January 5,199; February 4,250; March 5,643, April 5,096; May 4,795; June 4,708; and July 4,566. Even considering February, the shortest month, which had the lowest number of abortions prior to September, the September number represented a roughly 50% drop in the number of abortions.

The “Heartbeat Act” states, “A physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman unless the physician has determined … whether the woman’s unborn child has a detectable fetal heartbeat.” The Act defines a fetal heartbeat as “cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac.” The Act defines the gestational sac as “the structure comprising the extraembryonic membranes that envelop the unborn child and that is typically visible by ultrasound after the fourth week of pregnancy.”

In September the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the law to go into full effect.

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