April 16, 2023

Current abortion laws in Texas have an exception for cases when the pregnancy causes a “life threatening physical condition” that “places the female at risk of death or poses a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function.” That exception is included in HB 1280, the Human Life Protection Act, which the Legislature passed in 2021 and went into effect in August 2022.

During the current session, 10 bills have been introduced to expand that exception for a variety of reasons. This news conference addresses the status of those bills and whether the further exceptions are needed.


Monday, April 17, 2023, 9:00 AM (CT)


Texas Capitol Building, Speaker’s Committee Room, 2W.6 (2nd floor, outside House chamber)

(Also available on the House Live Broadcasts:


    • Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (Southlake) — House author of the Human Life Protection Act.
    • Sen. Angela Paxton (McKinney) (invited) — Senate sponsor of the Human Life Protection Act.
    • Ryan Bomberger — conceived in rape, adopted, founder of the Radiance Foundation (Virginia), advocate for adoption and for individuals conceived in rape.
    • Heather Hobbs — rape survivor, mother of a child conceived in rape, resident of Texas, spokesperson for Save The 1.
    • Deirdre Cooper — lost a child before birth from a fatal illness (Trisomy 18), Texas Alliance for Life Public Policy Analyst.

More Information:

Amy O’Donnell, Director of Communications
512.477.1244 (o)

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