The Upshot features data from TxPEP on out-of-state travel to neighboring states for abortion while Senate Bill 8 has been in effect. The article uses data on requests for abortion pills, legal in-state abortion, and out-of-state abortion to conclude that abortions by Texans have dropped about 10 percent since Senate Bill 8 went into effect on September 1, 2021.
Dr. Kari White, the lead investigator of the TxPEP says, “The law has not done anything to change people’s need for abortion care; it has shifted where people are getting their abortion… The numbers are way bigger than we expected. It’s pretty astounding.”
Published March 7, 2022