Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the reported massive, positive impact their Heartbeat Abortion Prevention Act had on preborn Lone Star State citizens. An exciting, new paper from a prestigious university has laid out exactly how this pro-life law increased live births within the state — here’s what you need to know:
According to a research paper published recently by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there were 9,799 additional live births between April 2022 and December 2022 in Texas linked to their state’s 2021 abortion policy which limited abortion until before detected fetal heartbeats. Students for Life Action (SFLAction) was present at this monumental bill signing and proud to see the good work that this piece of legislation has accomplished.
To acquire this finding of nearly 10,000 new lives saved from the violence of abortion, researchers used statistical modeling and analyzed previous live birth data from across the United States and the District of Columbia. Using this data, they came to the conclusion that there would have been 287,289 live births if the Texas abortion law had not been in place — but with the law, the state actually saw 297,088 births during that time.
As many pro-life advocates spoke out in celebration, SFLAction and Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins concurred, commenting on the paper through a short and sweet tweet: “Laws save lives.”
Pro-lifers aren’t the only ones recognizing what this paper means, either. In an article by The Hill, multiple pro-abortion reactions are recorded, and they’re each sadly the same: bemoaning those preborn children were given the right to live.
One professor from Bloomberg School’s Department of Population stated, “The study’s findings highlight how abortion bans have real implications for birthing people, thousands of whom may have had no choice but to continue an unwanted or unsafe pregnancy to term.”
Let’s talk about why that response is wrong and inhumane. One, it’s degrading to refer to women as “birthing people” as though the gift of childbirth isn’t something unique and innately special to the female body. Growing and nurturing a preborn child in the womb before giving birth to them isn’t a task just anyone can accomplish; it’s one of the beautiful, different things for which women — and no one else — are wired. Talk about feminism turned on its head when culture tries to take that away from us!
Second, a child’s worth isn’t dependent on their perceived reception into this world…or anything else for that matter. Circumstances of conception, abilities, economic status, race, sex, age, etc. should never be factored into whether a child is “worthy of life” because being human is qualification enough.
And third, it’s just not truthful to say Texas allowed “unsafe” pregnancies to continue because their abortion policy has enshrined lifesaving care for mothers. John Seago, president of Texas Right to Life, told the National Review that any claim otherwise is false. He stated, “Our law gives the flexibility for doctors to follow the standard medical practice [of life-saving care for mothers].” Seago further affirmed pro-life Texan obstetrician and Charlotte Lozier Institute fellow Dr. Ingrid Skop’s work discussing how pro-life laws include protections for life-of-the-mother cases.
Read her co-authored paper entitled, “Pro-Life Laws Protect Mom and Baby: Pregnant Women’s Lives are Protected in All States.”
To learn more about other statistics which have shown Texas is “big” on saving preborn lives since the passage of their Heartbeat Abortion Prevention Act, click HERE to read another SFLA blog.
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