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Texas Law Causes Dramatic Drop in Abortion



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Whether one thinks this is good news or not will depend on how one perceives the value of unborn human life.

The Texas law that has caused so much consternation in some quarters is succeeding in its purpose–dramatically reducing the abortion rate. From the Star Telegram story:

The number of abortions in Texas decreased by about 13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley following the passage of strict abortion regulations that went into effect last November, according to a report that academic researchers released Wednesday.

The study, by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas, which is analyzing the effects of reproductive health-related laws passed during the last two legislative sessions, found that as the number of clinics that provide abortions declined, so did the number of abortions performed statewide.

Justifications aside, that was the bottom-line point, which is fine with me as I think reducing the abortion rate is just as legitimate a state interest as lowering the number of suicides.

Some may be upset with this news. But I’ll bet the children who will now have the opportunity to lead a full life will not be among them.



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