AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas abortion rate declined by 13 percent since House Bill 2 went into effect in November according to results of a study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.
The study highlights the decline, which represents about 9,200 fewer abortions, saying it is steeper than other years in Texas and across the nation.
Abortion clinics across the state have closed as a result of HB2, something the study’s authors say is primarily responsible for the decline in abortions across the state.
The number of facilities providing abortions dropped from 41 in April 2012 to 22 in 2014. In September, HB2 will require all abortion facilities to meet heightened requirements by becoming ambulatory service centers.By then, only 6 facilities are expected to remain open.
“Well, we’re not so confident in those results because those are data that are gotten from surveying abortion providers. They’re not the official data from the state of Texas that are arrived at by mandatory reporting of every abortion in Texas by an abortion provider,” said Joe Pojman, founder of Texas Alliance for Life..
Researchers also determined that the number of women living in a county more than 200 miles from an abortion facility increased from 10,000 in 2013 to 290,000. In September 2014, that number is expected to rise to 752,000.
“The result of H.B. 2 are the barriers to access. So people are unable to access the care that they need. Especially in a timely manner,” said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas