TEXAS- Abortion clinics in Texas had one of their most prolific days last Tuesday, as they raced to kill as many unborn babies as they could, before one of the most restrictive abortion bans took effect Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 at midnight.
One of the largest abortion clinics in Texas, Whole Woman’s Health in Fort Worth, told The 19th News they opened to a packed clinic and preformed 67 abortions in 17 hours, as they “raced to beat the new six-week abortion ban.” The clinic said they “performed eight abortions an hour with only one doctor on duty,” who had been working since 7 a.m. that morning. They also gave medication for at home abortions to an additional 60 people. The group said the last procedure was performed at 11:56 p.m.
The pro-life group, Let Them Live, condemned the actions of clinics, like Whole Woman’s Heath, who raced against the clock shuffling women in and out.
“The ‘care’ they provided before the law took effect was incredibly dangerous,” said Emily Berning, President of Let Them Live. “This just shows that the abortion industry doesn’t care about women. Whole Women’s Health killed so many lives that day and put women’s lives at risk by haphazardly performing as many abortions as possible before midnight.”
It was a huge victory for the unborn on May 19, 2021, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the Texas Heartbeat Act. Authored by Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Tyler, and Representative Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, Texas became the first state to ban all elective abortions after the preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks. Hours after the ban took effect, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision rejecting an emergency request to block the law.
Abortion advocacy groups say this would affect at least 85% of abortions taking place in the state. According to The Texas Health and Human Services, there were 54,741 abortions that took place in 2020. That would mean nearly 47,000 cases would either have to be performed in other states or not at all.