(TruthAndLiberty.com) – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) a study on Thursday analyzing the effects that the state’s Senate Bill 8 has had since it went into effect in September 2021. According to their findings, following the nine-month period in which abortions were banned after the sixth week of pregnancy, there were 10,000 additional babies born in the state.
The Senate law also gives private citizens the right to sue abortion providers and those who assist patients who are looking to get an abortion after fetal cardiac activity has been detected. The law was able to go into effect following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision which overturned Roe v. Wade in June of last year. Since then, Texas has set some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, that include an exception only in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
Researchers stated that in their analysis they used statistical modeling based on the monthly live birth data released by all 50 states and Washington, D.C. from 2016 through 2022 in order to calculate what a “synthetic” number of births in Texas would have had the law not gone into effect. Based on this analysis they found that 287,289 live births would have occurred in Texas from April to December 2022 had it not been for the new law.
However, the actual number of births in Texas for that period was 297,088, which shows that an additional 9,799 babies were born following the law’s enactments. Still, the authors of the study did not attribute the increase in birth rates solely to the abortion restrictions, arguing that many aspects of life could affect the number of babies born.
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