The Dobbs effect: Abortions in Texas plummet nearly 99%

By Dave Andrusko

What a headline! “Abortions in Texas plummet nearly 99% in months after Dobbs ruling.” The headline comes from Fox News and the data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Fox News’s Joe Brown writes

Only three abortions took place in Texas in August 2022, all of which were “medically necessary,” according to statistics from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Compared with the 2,596 abortions recorded in the state in June 2022, the number in August represents a decrease of nearly 99%. Sixty-eight abortions were performed in July.

Texas Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, confirmed that there were only 3 abortions in Texas, all medical emergencies, in August. They added, “We still have work to do to stop illegal abortions, especially pills trafficked over the border [and] online, but this shows life-saving progress.”

Earlier this month, Texas Right to Life explained

Thankfully, the August report shows a substantial decrease in abortions even from the prior month. July 2022 data revealed 67 elective abortions committed in Texas, likely during the few days in which an activist judge attempted to prevent Texas’ pre-Roe abortion ban from regaining effect…

Thousands of lives are being saved, as many as 50,000 since September of last year, and the best days of our movement are yet to come! We must continue to fight against the abortion industry’s new efforts and create a culture that respects and values Life. Join us in the fight for Life!

Numbers from September through the end of 2022 have not yet been released, but clearly thousands—and thousands–of babies have been saved since Roe was overturned.