AUSTIN, TX, August 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – More than 4,000 fewer women chose abortion in Texas in 2013 than 2012 – and pro-life laws are getting credit for the change.
Yesterday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported that 63,849 abortions were done in Texas. This was 4,449 fewer abortions than what the state saw in 2012, and down from more than 77,000 in 2010.
2013 is the latest year for which the state has released abortion statistics, and the first year that several pro-life laws were in full effect. Both pro-life and pro-abortion advocates have said the downward trend in abortions is because of pro-life laws in Texas. In March 2013, pro-abortion researcher Dr. Daniel Grossman of Ibis Reproductive Health conducted a study that he said showed a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and mandatory ultrasounds were “burdensome.”
However, Texas Right to Life Communications Director Melissa Conway was more optimistic. She told LifeSiteNews that “we're now seeing the full impact of pro-life laws in Texas. The number of abortions has declined as life-saving legislation goes into effect.”
In addition to the 24-hour waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds, the state also passed a law requiring all abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Abortion clinics were also required to upgrade their facilities.
The latter requirements were temporarily suspended by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Partial defunding of Planned Parenthood has also been cited as a reason for the drop between 2012 and 2013. While many media outlets have reported there is a total defunding of Planned Parenthood, a policy expert for Texas Right to Life told LifeSiteNews that the abortion giant still gets taxpayer dollars through various state programs.
According to the state, more than 500 girls between 11 and 15 years old got abortions in 2013. Two eleven-year old girls had abortions, as did 64 girls aged 12 and 13, and 487 14 and 15-year olds.
On girls afted 16 to 17, there were 1,622 abortions and the plurality of abortions were done to women aged 20 to 24 — 19,829.
A LifeSiteNews call to DSHS about whether underage girls were victims of rape, and about Texas’ rape reporting laws, was not immediately returned.