Wednesday, February 01, 2017
EFFECT OF TEXAS' ABORTION LAW
"The number of drug-induced abortions in Texas plummeted in the first full year after the state's strict 2013 abortion law took effect, according to statistics released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The overall number of Texas abortions — which also includes surgical abortions performed in the state and on Texas women out of state — dropped significantly, the agency found.
The 2014 Texas data was released days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the 2013 abortion restrictions as unconstitutional. In a 5-3 vote, the high court overturned provisions of House Bill 2 that required all Texas facilities performing abortions to meet hospital-like ambulatory surgical center standards and forced doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics."
Did the bill cut back on abortions by Texans or did those Texans go to other states? Certainly, women from relatively affluent families could do this. Those from poor families might not be able to afford it. Texas' law just prevents poor females from getting abortions. More affluent Texans need only go out of state. The effect of the law falls most heavily-- on the poor. These are probably the individuals with the least resources to care for their children. How many families of legislators can afford to send a female out of state for an abortion. Probably over 90%. The effect of the moralizing falls almost exclusively on the poor.