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5 anti-abortion bills are moving in the Texas Senate. Tell Texas politicians to stop playing politics with women’s health and lives and interfering in decisions that don’t belong to them.

2017

The Texas Legislature meets once every two years. Every legislative session, Texas lawmakers propose and pass laws that restrict access to abortion.

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This session alone state lawmakers have proposed 17 bills aimed at restricting abortion access. If these bills were to become laws, they would add to the already existing mountain of restrictions and barriers faced by a woman seeking an abortion in Texas.

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In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, Texas lawmakers have passed more than 18 anti-abortion measures, turning back the clock on a woman’s right to access abortion in our state.

2017 Proposed Restrictions

HB 87

Rep. Matt Schaefer

This bill would repeal the severe fetal anomaly exception in the state’s 20-week abortion ban. This bill would restrict access to abortion, interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and require patients to carry non-viable pregnancies to term.

HB 144

Rep. Matt Schaefer

This bill would increase the reporting requirements imposed on abortion providers and could be used as vehicle for other restrictions.

HB 200

Rep. Cindy Burkett

This bill bans the donation of fetal tissue from abortion clinics for research purposes and contains a copy of a federal ban of a common, extremely safe medical procedure. This bill would criminalize medicine, intrude into the doctor-patient relationship, and deny the right to abortion.

HB 201

Rep. Byron Cook

This bill would require the cremation or burial of embryonic and fetal tissue after an abortion or miscarriage. This cruel measure is entirely medically unnecessary and is designed to stigmatize and shame women seeking abortion and cut off access to abortion. A corresponding rule was recently blocked by a federal judge.

HB 434

Rep. Ron Simmons

This bill would eliminate the “wrongful birth” legal claim and shield medical professionals from liability for withholding information that may have resulted in a woman obtaining an abortion.

HB 612

Rep. Jeff Leach

This bill would impose a 72+ hour waiting period and ignores the complexities of intervening in cases of domestic or sexual violence.

HB 844

Rep. Stephanie Klick

This bill would ban a safe and commonly used abortion method. This bill would criminalize medicine, intrude into the doctor-patient relationship, and deny the right to abortion.

HB 948

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

This bill would criminalize abortion and a woman who has an abortion.

HB 1049

Rep. Valoree Swanson

This bill would prohibit physicians from performing abortions by revoking their medical license.

HB 1113

Rep. John Smithee

This bill bans coverage of abortion under health benefit plans, including private plans.

SJR 9

Sen. Bob Hall

This bill would amend the Texas Constitution to ban abortion.

SB 8

Sen. Charles Schwertner

This bill bans the donation of fetal tissue from abortion clinics for research purposes and contains a copy of a federal ban of a common, extremely safe medical procedure. This bill criminalizes medicine, intrudes into the doctor-patient relationship, and denies women the right to abortion.

SB 20

Sen. Larry Taylor

This bill would ban insurance coverage of abortion in all plans, whether exchange-based or private, limiting Texans’ access to care based on their income.

SB 25

Sen. Brandon Creighton

This bill would eliminate the “wrongful birth” legal claim and shield medical professionals from liability for withholding information that may have resulted in a woman obtaining an abortion.

SB 258

Sen. Don Huffines

This bill would force a woman seeking an abortion to fill out a form on the burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue.

SB 406

Sen. Bob Hall

This bill would require a death certificate be filed for every abortion in the state and destroy a patient’s right to privacy.

SB 415

Sen. Charles Perry

This bill would ban a safe and commonly used abortion method. This bill would criminalize medicine, intrude into the doctor-patient relationship, and deny the right to abortion.

Timeline of Texas Abortion Restrictions

 

2015

Texas Fam. Code §§ 33.002-33.003. Judicial bypass, the court process a woman under the age of 18 is required to go through to waive parental consent, is more prohibitive.

 

2013

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 245.010. Abortion providers are required to meet standards designated for ambulatory surgical centers.

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 171.0031; 25 Tex. Admin. Code § 139.56. Doctors who provide abortions are required to become part of the admitting staff at a nearby hospital. Regulations do not require or provide criteria for hospitals to grant this privilege.

Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 171.041-048. Abortions after 20 weeks are banned, unless the woman’s life or health is at risk or in the case of a severe fetal anomaly.

Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 171.061-064. Only a doctor is permitted to dispense abortion-inducing medication. Both the woman and doctor must be present at a licensed abortion facility when the abortion-inducing pill is administered. The doctor must also schedule a follow-up visit no more than 14 days after the pill is taken.

 

2011

Tex. Hum. Res. Code § 32.024. The Department of Health and Human Services and its employees are prohibited from from referring women to organizations that provide or “promote” abortion care.

Tex. Gov’t Code §§ 402.036 - 402.037; Tex. Trans. Code § 504.662. State establishes “Choose Life” license plate program that provides funding to an anti-abortion organization.

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 171.012. Doctors are required by law to perform a sonogram on a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours prior to performing the abortion. The doctor must display the sonogram image to the woman, verbally describe the image, and provide the opportunity for the woman to hear the fetal heartbeat.

 

2006

22 Tex. Admin. Code § 165.6. A parent’s written consent must be notarized before a woman under the age of 18 can get an abortion.

 

2005

Tex. Hum. Res. Code § 32.024 (c-1). The Department of Health and Human Services is prohibited from contracting with health care providers who perform abortions or who are affiliated with facilities that provide abortion care.

Legislative Budget Board Conf. Comm. Report on SB1, 79th Reg. Sess., at 11-109 (2005). State starts funding crisis pregnancy centers, organizations established to counsel women against having an abortion.

 

2003

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 171.012. A woman must wait 24 hours before the procedure is performed.

Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 171.011-.016. Doctors are required to give patients government-written materials about abortion, including images of what a fetus looks like at 2 week intervals. Doctors must discuss medical assistance benefits for pre-natal care and childbirth with patients. Doctors must give patients medically-inaccurate information about abortion, including a false link between abortion and breast cancer.

Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 171.013-.015. Doctors are required to give patients a state-mandated list of groups for counseling that includes anti-abortion organizations that give women medically inaccurate information about abortion. Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 171.013-.015.

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 171.004. Abortions after 16 weeks must be performed in a licensed hospital or ambulatory surgical center.

 

1999

Tex. Fam. Code §§ 33.001-33.008. A woman under age of 18 cannot get an abortion until 48 hours after the doctor tells her parents in person or by phone.

 

1989

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 32.005. Medicaid cannot cover abortion except in cases of life endangerment.

 

1985

Tex. Health & Safety Code § 245.010(b). Only a physician licensed by the state may provide abortion care.

 

1977

Tex. Occ. Code §§ 103.001-.004. Hospitals can refuse to provide abortions regardless of reason.

 

1973

Roe v. Wade: All women have access to abortion, and Medicaid covers abortion