(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Researchers from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health published a paper that estimated the pro-life heartbeat law passed by Texas in May 2021 saved 10,000 babies in 2022.
“The study’s findings highlight how abortion bans have real implications for birthing people,” said Suzanne Bell, assistant professor at the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, while using a politically correct term for “mothers” to virtue-signal her leftist values.
The study used statistical models and historical data to come to its conclusions, according to The Hill.
During the period in question, there were 297,088 births. However, according to the study, which used data from all 50 states and Washington D.C., there would have only been 287,289 births without the de-facto abortion ban.
The law prohibits abortions after a heartbeat is detected and allows private citizens to sue anyone who violates the law or abets illegal procedures.
Alison Gemmill, assistant professor at the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and one of the study’s lead authors, explained that the heartbeat bill seemed to be working as designed.
“Although our study doesn’t detail why these extra births occurred, our findings strongly suggest that a considerable number of pregnant individuals in Texas were unable to overcome barriers to abortion access,” she said, using the extraneous word “access” to make the barbaric practice sound more clinical.
A previous study suggested that Texas women wanting an abortion may simply travel to a neighboring state to kill their baby. However, all but one of Texas’s neighbors have outlawed abortion since the Dobbs decision, according to the Daily Wire.
“If, previously, people were able to leave the state to go to a neighboring state to seek an abortion, that’s no longer an option,” Gemmill said. “So it’s possible that we could be seeing even greater increases [in children born] post-Dobbs.”
John Seago, president of Texas Right to Life, expressed gratitude over the news.
“Every baby saved from elective abortion should be celebrated,” he said, according to the Texas Tribune. “This new study highlights the significant success of our movement in the last two years, while we look forward to helping the mothers and families of our state care for their children.”
Texas has allocated an extra $20 million to its alternatives to abortion program. The program “promotes childbirth and provides support services to pregnant women and their families, adoptive parents, and parents who have experienced miscarriage or the loss of a child,” according to the program’s website.
Covered services include:
- Counseling, educational information, and classes on pregnancy, parenting and adoption
- Funding for car seats, clothing, diapers and formula
- Care coordination through referrals to government assistance programs and other social services programs
- Call center for information and appointment scheduling
- Housing and support services through maternity homes.