Texas Republicans File 28 Anti-Abortion Bills This Session
Filing more than 25 anti-abortion bills this session — which runs through May 29 — backwards Republican politicians have made clear their intention to further interfere in decisions that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor.
Their goal: to eviscerate access and erode autonomy by adding these restrictions — which range from the cruel to the bizarre — to the already existing mountain of restrictions and barriers faced by a woman seeking an abortion in Texas.
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SJR 9 by Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood: 512-463-0102) would a amend the Texas Constitution to ban abortion. Constitutional amendments go on the ballot in Texas after a two-thirds vote in both chambers and must be approved by Texas voters.
HB 87 by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler: 512-463-0584) would force a woman who discovers a severe fetal abnormality — a fetus that cannot survive outside the womb — after 20 weeks to carry the pregnancy to term.
HB 948 by Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington: 512-463-0624) would criminalize abortion and a woman who has an abortion.
HB 1049 by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring: 512-463-0572) would violate the doctor-patient relationship and would ban abortions except in very limited circumstances and would revoke the license of physicians performing abortions outside these very limited exceptions.
Insurance Coverage Restrictions
SB 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood: 512-463-0111) and HB 1113 by State Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo 512-463-0702) would ban insurance coverage of abortion in all plans, whether exchange-based or private, limiting Texans’ access to care based on their income.
HB 35/HB 201 by Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana: 512-463-0730) 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 proposed by Governor Greg Abbott — proposed just days after the Supreme Court struck down two Texas abortions restrictions as unconstitutional — is being challenged in federal court and has been temporarily blocked from going into effect by a federal judge.
SB 258 by Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas: 512-463-0116) would force a woman seeking an abortion to fill out a form on the burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue.
SB 406 by Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood: 512-463-0102) and HB 2348 by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R- Spring: 512-463-0572) would require a death certificate for and the cremation or burial of embryonic and fetal tissue.
HB 2349 by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R- Spring: 512-463-0572) would require a death certificate for embryonic and fetal tissue following an abortion.
Status: HB 35, Left Pending in Committee after public hearing on 03/08; HB 201, No action taken in committee; SB 258, Placed on Intent Calendar after public hearing on 03/01/17; SB 406 Referred to Health & Human Services
Bans on Specific Abortion Procedures
SB 8 by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown: 512-463-0105) and HB 200 by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale: 512-463-0464) would prohibit doctors from performing a specific abortion procedure that the anti-abortion movement has branded a “partial birth abortion.” This bill is based in and perpetuates extreme anti-abortion ideology rather than being grounded in science or practice, even. The intact dilation and evacuation (D and X) abortion procedure — as is it actually called by the medical community — is already prohibited by federal law. As is the the provision of SB 8 that would ban that sale of fetal tissue.
SB 415 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock: 512-463-0128) and HB 844 by State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth: 512-463-0599) would ban the most commonly used abortion method performed in the second trimester, dilation and evacuation (D&E), by criminalizing doctors, and uses unscientific and inflammatory language to stigmatize the procedure.
Coerced Abortion Myth
HB 612 by Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano: 512-463-0544) uses the myth of coerced abortion to impose a 72+ hour waiting period and ignores the complexities of intervening in cases of domestic or sexual violence.
Status: HB 612, Referred to House State of Affairs
Biased Counseling and Withholding Information
SB 25 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe: 512-463-0104) and HB 434 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton: 512-463-0478) 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. By potentially limiting the information a woman is entitled to receive, this bill could undermine a woman’s ability to decide whether or not to have an abortion.
HB 1971 by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R- Tyler: 512-463-0584) and SB 1427 by Kelly Hancock (R- North Richland Hills: 512-463-0109) would require a pregnant woman be given a list of infant hospice care options to dissuade her from having an abortion.
Status: SB 25, Placed on Intent Calendar
Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers
HB 144 by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler: 512-463-0584) would increase the reporting requirements imposed on abortion providers.
HB 1936 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster: 512-463-0526) would prohibits abortion facilities and their affiliates from entering into any transaction with any government entity.
SB 1377 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R- Lakeway: 512-463-0124) and HB 2858 by Rep. DeWayne Burns (R- Cleburne: 512-463-0538) would require abortion clinics to post a sign with information for the national human trafficking hotline, warning patients that a forced abortion or labor is a criminal offense.
Ed. Note: This post was originally published on January 10, 2017 and will updated throughout session.