85th Legislature Goals

The Texas Legislature is meeting at the state Capitol in Austin through May 29. This is an opportunity to pass strong pro-life laws to better protect innocent human lives from abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.

The Legislature is on track to have another sensational session with pro-life bills moving in both the Senate and the House.

Here are the issues that Texas Alliance for Life has made a priority for this session. Each will be a significant accomplishment at protecting innocent human life, promoting compassionate alternatives to abortion, and promoting a culture of life. All are strategically crafted to be able to withstand a federal court challenge.

 

Ban Partial-Birth Abortions & Sale of Organs and Tissues of Unborn Babies
(SB 8, Schwertner/HB 200, Burkett)

  • Ban on partial-birth abortion (identical to the federal ban upheld in Gonzales v. Carhart, 2007), not a ban on dismemberment abortions.
  • Ban the sale or donation of tissues and organs after an abortion; ban research on tissues and organs of victims of elective abortion by public and private institutions.

Humane Treatment Unborn Babies’ Bodies (SB258, Huffines & HB 35, Cook)

  • Require the humane disposition of the remains of victims of elective abortion; ban grinding and flushing into a sewer system and incineration and disposing the ashes in a landfill.

Improve Reporting of Abortion Complications (SB 1602, Campbell/HB 2962, Capriglione)

  • Increased reporting of abortion complications by providers and by providers of follow-up care (licensed abortion facilities, ASCs, hospitals, stand alone ERs).

Ban Wrongful Birth Lawsuits (SB 25, Creighton/HB 434, Simmons)

  • Ban wrongful birth lawsuits, in which parents of a child born with a disability sue the doctor because they feel they were not adequately notified of the disability in time to abortion the child.

Forced Abortions and Sex Trafficking (SB 1377, Buckingham/HB 2858, Burns)

  • Protect woman and girls from forced abortions, especially in the course of human sex trafficking.
    Stop State and Local Abortion Subsidies (SB 855, Campbell/HB 1936, Springer)
  • Prohibit state and local governments from entering into contracts with abortion providers or affiliates.

Promote Alternatives to Abortion through Self Sufficiency (SB 1/HB 1)

  • HHSC D.1.2 STRATEGY: ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION

Defund Planned Parenthood / Stop State and Local Abortion Subsidies (SB 855, Campbell/HB 1936, Springer)

  • Prohibit state and local governments from entering into contracts with abortion providers or affiliates.

Enhanced Penalties for Assault of a Pregnant Woman (HB 2316, Capriglione & HB 3539, Landgraf)

  • Provide greater protection to pregnant woman by increasing penalties for assault of a pregnant woman.

Protect Victims of Rape (SB 77, Nelson/HB 1766, Alvarado & HB 1812, Dale)

  • Easier termination of paternity rights of a rapist.

Insurance (SB 20, L. Taylor/HB1113, Smithee)

  • Remove mandatory coverage for elective abortion in health insurance plans.

Campaign Ethics

  • Require corporations to report donors of large contributions for political ads.

Pitfalls to Avoid Because They Will Not Withstand a Federal Court Challenge

  • Avoid “[u]necessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion or impose an undue burden on that right.” (Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992.)

* Ban on abortions before “viability” of the unborn child (~23 weeks). (HB 948, Tinderholt)

* Ban on “dismemberment abortions.” (SB 415, Perry/HB 844, Klick)

 

This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

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