The number of abortions in Texas fell by nearly 50 percent after the state enacted its six-week abortion ban, according to a report from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin released Friday.

The report from the university’s Texas Policy Evaluation Project compared the changes in the number of in-state abortions that occurred between July and September 2021 to the number of abortions that were performed during the same period last year. 

There were 2,164 abortions performed in September 2021, the month after Texas Senate Bill 8 ban went into effect on Sept. 1. That is a 49.8 percent drop from the 4,313 abortions that were performed in September 2020. 

The bill effectively bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks.

The law also allows private citizens to sue those who performed or “aided and abetted” in an abortion in violation of the law and allows plaintiffs to recover at least $10,000 for successful cases.

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