How Texas Women Are Circumventing the State’s New Abortion Law

Texas women can use mail-order drugs and travel out of state to end a pregnancy, but are not allowed under new restrictions.Texas’ controversial law banning abortions before fetal heart activity is detected in pregnancy bans Texas. This means that the Texas law applies only a few weeks after conception, and women might not know they are pregnant until then. According to researchers, Texas abortions fell within the first month of law’s passage. 49.8 percent versus the same month in the prior year.

However, the SB 8 law halved how many abortions were performed at abortion clinics. TexasHowever, the reduction in abortions did not significantly impact their number. By Texans. Two new studies suggest the drop in abortions obtained by Texas women has actually been much lower—closer to 10 percent, according to a New York Times analysis. This is because Texans who wanted to have an abortion found alternative ways after six weeks.

A few visited neighboring states’ abortion clinics. According to the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at The University of Texas at Austin, almost 1,400 Texans a year travel out of the state for abortions. These figures were based upon the number of patients from Arkansas, Colorado Kansas, Louisiana Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

The total is not represented by these data. Number of Texans who receive care We did not have the data to determine whether it was a state These facilities include approximately 10 It does not cover Texans who are incarcerated. For care, traveled to U.S. States The researchers note that the date has been September 2021.”

Some others received the drugs via mail. A study in published this information. JAMA Network OpenAfter SB8 was implemented, Texas’ “demand for aid access to self-managed abortions increased significantly.” “An initial high increase then leveled off to a more moderate but sustained increase over pre–SB 8 levels.”

This finding was made possible by data from Aid Access. Aid Access prescribes abortion via telephonemedicine. Researchers report that aid access received 1831 Texas-based requests in September 2021 for self managed abortion.

The number of requests by Texans jumped from 10.8 requests per day in the initial week to 137.7 requests within the second week. In the three weeks that followed, “requests decreased from their peak, but remained 245% higher than the pre–SB 8 baseline.”

Average of 29.5 requests per person from Texans each day between October 2021 and December 2021 was received by Aid Access

Both these studies indicate that not all women will have unplanned pregnancies if abortion is outlawed, and many other will be able to circumvent the ban. It is easier to have an abortion in the era of telemedicine and drugs that induce abortion.

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Human Progress Podcast #5 offers an overview of the history and freedoms that have existed from Socrates on to social media.


Against regulating social media networks like phone companies.New paper by the Competitive Enterprise Institute warns that social media companies should not be regulated as common carriers. Although this is an unwise plan, it has gained considerable support. The “common carriers” are railroads and phone companies. They all have strict regulations which prohibit discrimination against different types of users or customers. These companies wouldn’t be able to discriminate against any content that they find objectionable if social media was regulated as a common carrier.

Jessica Melugin, CEI Center for Technology and Innovation Director said that making nearly all content objectionable mandatory for platforms would drive people away and fundamentally undermine their business models. This mass exit will decrease social communication which is central to the use and consumption of social media. That unintended consequence is precisely the opposite of the supporters of regulation’s stated goal—the preservation and flourishing of freedom of expression online.”

CEI’s entire report can be viewed here


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