Since Roe v. Wade was overturned last summer, new data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission shows that the number of abortions in Texas began plummeting in August. 

According to the data, no elective abortions were performed, and only three medically necessary abortions were performed to save the mother’s life. 

The August report also shows a significant decrease in abortions compared to the July data, which revealed 67 elective abortions performed in Texas. 

Indeed, Texas law only allows abortion if the mother’s life is in jeopardy due to the pregnancy, meaning a life-threatening physical condition aggravated or caused by pregnancy. 

In November, State Rep. Jared Patterson (R–Frisco) introduced House Bill 787, which would prohibit tax incentives for business entities that assist employees in obtaining abortions.

A business entity is ineligible to receive a tax incentive if the entity assists an employee to obtain an abortion, including by paying all or part of any charges associated with the procedure or costs associated with traveling to a location for the procedure.

While the fight is ongoing, Texas Right to Life is optimistic about the progress that has been made, as 50,000 lives have been saved since September. 

Texas Right to Life also stated in a press release that they will be promoting legislation to reform the adoption and foster care systems, to increase funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, and to ensure that mothers have medical coverage up to one year after giving birth. 

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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