Active State Laws

1989: Abortion Facility Reporting and Licensing Act established safety standards, reporting requirements, and inspection schedules for abortion clinics.

1999: Parental Notification law required parents be notified of their minor daughter’s intent to seek and undergo an abortion.  

1999: Third trimester abortion ban enacted, prohibiting most third trimester elective abortions.

2003: Woman’s Right to Know law established an informed consent law and required that relevant information be offered to women seeking abortion 24 hours before an abortion could take place.  

2003: Prenatal Protection Act made Texas Law recognize unborn children as victims of state crimes from fertilization. 

2005: Established the state-funded Alternatives to Abortion Program.

2005: Placed physicians who committed elective third trimester abortions in danger of losing their medical license.

2005: Added Parental Consent to the existing Parental Notification law. 

2011: Texas Sonogram Bill required abortionists to show women seeking an abortion their ultrasound image before the procedure.

2011: Removed $64.2 million of tax-payer funding from abortion industry.

2011: Restructured Family Planning Programs to prohibit abortion industry from receiving Family Planning funding from the state budget.

2013: Passage of House Bill 2:

  • Established a State Interest in preborn children who can feel pain.  Prohibited elective abortions on preborn children at 20 weeks post-fertilization. 
  • Requires abortionist to have admitting privileges at a local hospital (Struck down by SCOTUS).
  • Raises medical standards of abortion clinics to the level of ASCs (Struck down by SCOTUS).
  • Regulates the administration of chemical abortion drugs. 

2015: Passage of House Bill 3994 that reformed Judicial Bypass Process where pregnant minors may bypass the parental consent and notification provisions in state law.

  • Removed the automatic granting of these bypasses & required judges to rule. 
  • Stopped ability of abortion industry to venue shop, picking a friendly judge with a greater likelihood of granting the bypass.
  • Made process focus on domestic abuse and neglect of minors as the reason for the bypass, eliminating some of the reasons previously used to grant bypasses.

 2015: Passage of House Bill 3074 with some TADA patient protections.

      Works to treat Artificially Administered Nutrition & Hydration (AANH) uniquely.

      Ensure that in most cases AANH cannot be removed from patients against their wishes, or the wishes of their surrogates.

2017: Passage of Senate Bill 8:

 

  • Bans the barbaric and inhumane dismemberment abortion procedure.  This abortion method was commonly used in the 2nd trimester, and ended the lives of preborn children by removing their limbs while their heart is still beating.
  • Puts a partial birth abortion ban into state law.  While these abortions are banned federally, now the state of Texas may enforce the Pro-Life prohibition.
  • Requires burial or cremation for the victims of abortion.
  • Bans the sale, donation, or trafficking of the bodies of victims of elective abortion.
  • Holds abortionists criminally responsible to report abortions to the Department of State Health Services.  Also requires abortion reporting to be monthly and electronically.

 

2017: Passed a Pro-Life rider to the state budget that blocks state funding of abortion providers and their affiliates.

2017: Passage of Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform that prohibits the coverage of elective abortions through public, private, and state employee default basic health plans.

2017: Passage of Patient Consent for Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders to require patient or surrogate consent before most DNR orders are placed in patient’s medical record and empowering patients and surrogates to revoke unwanted DNR orders.

2017: Passage of Abortion Reporting Reforms

 

  • Codified department rules requiring the reporting of abortion complications to the Health and Human Services Commission and provided civil penalties and possible loss of license for abortionists and physicians who violate the law.
  • Requires abortionist to report whether and how the clinic is following the law when minors seek abortions with or without parental consent (and when judicial bypasses of parental consent are sought).
  • Requires abortionists who abort children in the third trimester because of a disability to report the disability identified to the Health and Human Services Commission.