>So what was the point of the law again?
>The number of Texas residents who traveled out-of-state to access
>abortion care increased dramatically after the most restrictive abortion
>ban in the U.S. went into effect in the state in September.
>Driving the news: Newly released data shows that Planned Parenthood
>health centers in Texas' surrounding states saw a nearly 800% increase in
> patients from Texas between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.
>Meanwhile in Texas, the number of clinic abortions performed in the state
>f ell by approximately 60% in the first month after Senate Bill 8 was
>Details: During the first four months of S.B. 8 being in effect, Planned
>Pa renthood clinics saw the following increases:
>Oklahoma saw a nearly 2,500% increase in Texas patients compared to the
>pre vious year.
>Texans made up over half of the total number abortion patients in the
>state 's PP health centers, compared to less than 10% in 2020.
>New Mexico saw a 100% increase in patients with Texas zip codes.
>In Colorado, there was a more than 1,000% increase in abortion patients
>fro m Texas, "compared to previous years," according to the Planned
>Parenthood Federation of America.
>Louisiana, another Texas neighboring state, saw an approximately 347%
>incre ase in abortion patients from Texas after the ban took effect,
> official government numbers sent to Axios.
>Between September and December of 2021, there were a total of 984 clinic
>ab ortions conducted in the state for Texas residents. That same time in
> Louisiana saw 220 Texas abortions patients.
>Zoom in: A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Great Plains — which
> covers Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas — told Axios that health cent
>ers in those states saw more than 1,100 Texas patients from September to
>De cember 2021, "the overwhelming majority traveling to our Oklahoma
>health ce nters."
>That same time in 2020, PPGP centers saw only 50 patients from Texas.
>Additionally, between January and February of 2022, PPGP's "Oklahoma
>clinic s continue to see more patients from Texas than are from
>What they're saying: "S.B. 8 has forced Texans to travel extraordinary
>dist ances to access constitutionally protected abortion care — and
>that ’s only the people who are able to do so," Alexis McGill Johnson,
>p resident of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.
>"Those who can’t find the money or get time off work, secure child
>care, lodging, transportation, and other resources necessary to cross
> lines are forced to carry pregnancies against their will or seek
>outside of the health care system," she added.
>"This reality is heartbreaking and a glimpse of what’s to come shou
>ld the Supreme Court restrict the constitutional right to an abortion
>even further,” she added.
>"Planned Parenthood and other supporters of legal abortion have worked
>over time to make the case that the Texas heartbeat law is not protecting
> children, but simply causing Texas women to obtain abortions in other
>es," said Michael New, a statistician and scholar with the Lozier
>Institute , which works with the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion
>rights group .
>New called Planned Parenthood's data "unpersuasive" and added that S.B. 8
>" has enjoyed success protecting preborn children in the Lone Star
>How it works: The Texas ban effectively prohibits nearly all abortions as
>s oon as embryonic cardiac activity is detected, which can be as early as
> weeks into a pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant.
>The law does not have any exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
>Between the lines: Texas and most of its neighboring states — speci
>fically Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas — have "trigger laws" in p
>lace, which are abortion bans that would kick in right away if the
>Supreme Court overturns or weakens its precedents protecting reproductive
>The ban follows a series of restrictive abortion laws passed by
>conservativ e state legislatures nationwide in an effort to overturn Roe.
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