Don’t Mess with Texas: New Studies Show Texas Heartbeat Law Saved Thousands of Lives from Abortion 

Jordan Estabrook - 06 Feb 2024

It turns out suing doesn’t just save lives; it increases them. 

 The Texas Heartbeat Law went into effect September 1, 2021, which prohibits the abortion of preborn babies with a detectable heartbeat by allowing citizens to sue Texas abortionists.  

Michael New, senior associate scholar at Charlotte Lozier Institute and assistant Professor of Practice at the Catholic University of America, explains the rise in birth and fertility rates in a recent article for the National Review, citing a report from The University of Houston’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 

“It found that the Texas fertility rate increased by 2 percentage points in 2022, in large part because of the Heartbeat Act,” wrote New. “This was the first increase in Lone Star State’s fertility rate since 2014.” 

New also explained how in conjunction with that report, a Lozier Institute study and a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) study show the thousands of lives saved.  

“…The Heartbeat Act resulted in nearly 8,000 more children being born in Texas in 2022. Since the Texas Heartbeat Act took effect on September 1, 2021, it would not have had a substantial effect on the Texas fertility rate until March or April 2022,” explained New. “… the Texas Heartbeat Act resulted in approximately 1,000 more children being born every month.” 

Despite the pro-abortion media’s lack of coverage, these are significant numbers to highlight regarding preborn lives saved and an increase in fertility rates.  

The work of the pro-life movement hasn’t been in vain. It led to the reversal of Roe v. Wade and has only led to increased birth rates, according to the November 2023 Institute for Labor Economics report. Thanks to legislatures, pro-life activists, Students for Life of America (SFLA), and Students for Life Action (SFLAction) lobbying in Texas and across the country, this is only the beginning.  

READ: The Top 8 Myths About the New Texas Abortion Law 

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