Texas Health and Human Services officials report abortions in August numbered approximately 5,400. One month later, after the new Texas abortion law went into effect, that number fell to under 2,200, the Associated Press reported.

On September 1, 2021, Texas became the first state to put a “heartbeat” abortion law into effect. The law took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court did not take up a request by abortion providers for an injunction.

The Texas measure contains a unique enforcement mechanism whereby any private citizen may file a civil lawsuit against an abortion provider or any other individual who “aids or abets” a “criminal abortion”.