The Texas abortion industry is dying now that it cannot kill unborn babies in abortions anymore.
Its death is unborn babies’ gain. Until last year when the Texas heartbeat law went into effect, more than 50,000 unborn babies were killed in abortions every year.
Now, abortions are banned completely in Texas, and abortion facilities are closing.
KXAN reports the abortion chain Whole Woman’s Health said this week that it shut down all four of its abortion facilities after the Texas Supreme Court allowed state to enforce its abortion ban.
Whole Woman’s Health ran abortion facilities in Austin, McAllen, Fort Worth and McKinney, and, according to the Independent, was the largest independent abortion business in Texas.
In a statement, the group criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24 in the decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
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“Abortion access in the South will only get worse as the damage done by this awful ruling continues to compound, and more conservative states pass abortion bans,” the group said in its statement.
The abortion group wants to open a new facility across the New Mexico border to target Texas women and their unborn babies. It plans to do abortions in the first and second trimesters, if it can raise enough money for the move. The group recently launched a fundraiser to establish the abortion facility.
“Our patients need a Whole Woman’s Health to go to now that Texas has cruelly taken away this basic healthcare need,” the group said. “We are stepping up to ensure everyone has a trusted independent abortion provider as nearby as legally possible.”
In a statement to the Independent, Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of the abortion chain, bragged that they provided “fabulous” abortions in Texas before the state pro-life law went into effect.
“I ache for us and for the people we have dedicated our lives to serve with the fabulous abortion care we provide, many who will be denied that right in the months and possibly years to come,” Miller said.
Abortions are not “fabulous” or even health care. What Miller’s abortion chain did for many years in Texas was intentionally and unnecessarily kill unborn babies in elective abortions.
Texas and about dozen other states now protect unborn babies by banning abortions – something they were not allowed to do for nearly 50 years under Roe. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies were killed in abortions across the U.S.
Pro-life and pro-abortion leaders alike say that pro-life laws do stop abortions and many mothers will give birth to their babies instead. Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson estimated the number at tens of thousands a year in a recent interview with The Guardian, though others believe the number of babies saved will be much higher.
Pro-abortion groups are challenging several state pro-life laws in court, and some are blocked. In Texas, however, the state Supreme Court allowed its abortion ban to go into effect on July 1 after a Harris County judge temporarily blocked it.
“The trial court was wrong to enjoin enforcement of Texas’s longstanding prohibitions on elective abortion. I will not hesitate to act in defense of unborn Texans put in jeopardy by plaintiffs’ wrongful actions and the trial court’s erroneous order,” state Attorney General Ken Paxton responded on Twitter.
Some district attorneys are threatening to not prosecute illegal abortions, but the trigger law gives Paxton the power to enforce the abortion ban. Under Texas’s pro-life trigger law, which will go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court issues its official judgment in the case overturning Roe, Paxton could override local district attorneys and go after abortion businesses and abortion funds.
Although Paxton cannot prosecute abortion practitioners under the law on his own, he can seek civil penalties of up to $100,000 per abortion.
A new poll this week from Harvard University and Harris polling found that Americans support strong legal protections for unborn babies. The poll found 37 percent would ban abortion entirely with only rape and incest exceptions, while 49 percent support a heartbeat law banning abortions after six weeks. Meanwhile, 72 percent support banning abortions after 15 weeks.
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