“Catholic” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was the deciding “swing” vote to overturn the Texas pro-life law
Fr. Mark Hodges
AUSTIN, Texas, April 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Texas pro-life law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year reduced abortions by 20 percent, and as much as 50 percent in some counties, according to a new study.
House Bill 2, which took effect in October 2013, required safety standards for surgical abortion facilities and hospital admitting privileges for cases of botched abortions. Basic surgical standards were so rarely observed in the state’s abortion industry that 25 clinics closed for lack of safety for women patients.
HB2 also lowered the state’s maximum legal abortion age from 24 weeks’ gestation to 20.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in the two years and nine months the law was enforced, the number of abortions in Texas dropped 20 percent and in some counties 50 percent.
The study also reported that more women gave birth to their baby even though their pregnancy was unplanned. Even counties with an abortuary saw a 16 percent drop in abortions.
The law itself was struck down by a federal judge before an appellate court overruled the judge and allowed it to take effect in October 2013. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned HB2 in June 2016. Roman Catholic Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was the deciding “swing” vote to overturn the Texas pro-life law.