Abortions in Texas dropped significantly in the month after the state's abortion ban took effect, according to newly released statistics.
The number plummeted from 5,404 in August 2021 to 2,197 in the following month, according to the data from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
Just two procedures were done in September for women who were pregnant for nine weeks or more, highlighting the effectiveness of the new law.
Abortions also went down among all racial groups and among all age groups, with the largest decrease among whites and those between the ages of 19 and 25.
No data is available yet for the remaining months of 2021.
A doctor can also perform an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, but only if he or she deems the situation a medical emergency.
An unusual mechanism prohibits state employees from enforcing the law, but empowers private citizens, letting them file lawsuits against anyone involved in an abortion that allegedly violates it.
If a person brings a lawsuit and it succeeds, they will be awarded at least $10,000 for each abortion with which the defendant performed or helped.
In a statement to news outlets, Planned Parenthood said the newly released figures show "the very beginning of the devastating impact of S.B. 8, which has now been in effect for more than five months."
Pro-life groups, though, say the figures show the law is saving the lives of unborn babies.