Several doctors at a major Texan abortion provider departed after the new “Heartbeat” law came into force on Sept. 1.
Fort Worth-based Whole Woman’s Health lost nearly half of its abortionists after the pro-life Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) became effective. Left-leaning media outlet reported 17 abortionists serviced patients as of Aug. 31. There were only eight the following day.
The new law prohibits abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually at six weeks’s gestation.
The law contains a unique enforcement mechanism whereby any individual citizen may file a civil lawsuit against an abortion provider, or another entity that aids or abets an unlawful pregnancy termination.
Whole Woman’s Health executive director Hagstrom Miller said risks associated with the litigation related to SB 8 could be “disastrous” to their careers, according to the publication.
BL understands the clinic rushed to perform as many abortions as possible before the new rules came into effect. One doctor performed a total of 67 abortions in 17 hours according to the publication.
The clinic and Planned Parenthood are two of the largest abortion providers in the Lone Star State. They claim to be fully compliant with the law.
“Just because we are complying with SB 8 does not stop extremists from saying that we are defying SB 8,” Miller said. “Even with compliance, there is a reasonable amount of threat that our staff and our doctors have to weigh–there is still so much risk to them.”
Threats and censorship
Internet company GoDaddy blacklisted a whistleblower website set up by pro-life organization Texas Right to Life.
The organization reported a bomb threat, followed by a suspicious package delivery. Employees were forced to evacuate the office until the Houston Police Department’s bomb squad declared there was no real threat.
“We understand that some people will use violence to achieve their ends,” Texas Right to Life vice president Elizabeth Graham said in a statement obtained by Breitbart. “Sadly, the violence of abortion has been used for over 45 years, so people can live as they wish; Texas Right to Life mourns violence both inside and outside of abortion facilities.”
“These recent crimes and conspiratorial acts against our work and our dedicated staff will not stop Texas Right to Life from ensuring that the Texas Heartbeat Act is enforced,” she added. “We are resolved more than ever to strengthen programs and outreach to abortion-vulnerable women to empower them to choose life.”
The Texas anti-abortion law caused a “ripple effect” in at least six different states. Within 24 hours, legislators in Florida, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota expressed interest in introducing similar legislation.
Several Texas towns and cities have also declared themselves “sanctuary cities for the unborn.” They passed their own ordinances, banning abortion with a similar private enforcement mechanism that lets citizens file civil lawsuits against those who “aid or abet” an unlawful pregnancy termination.
The Heartbeat legislation represents a setback for the Biden administration and Democrats. They view abortion as a woman’s “right” and insist on relaxing abortion access procedures, even late in pregnancy.
However, Republican states have increasingly moved away from abortion, imposing restrictions and even outright bans.
Texas’s pro-life law prohibits more than 90 percent of abortions across the state after the sixth week of pregnancy.