Because of Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and the House State Affairs Committee, pro-life bills are on the move in the Texas House. The Committee has voted out 12 pro-life bills so far, two of which he is the author. Three bills have already passed the House.
Each bill represents a significant advance in the pro-life movement, and all are able to withstand a challenge in state or federal court. They put Texas on track to have another sensational legislative session.
- HB 35 (Cook) – Requires humane disposition of the bodies of babies who die from abortion or miscarriage. Bans inhumane methods that are currently legal including grinding and flushing into a municipal sewer system and burying in a landfill the ashes of the babies after incineration.
- HB 200 (Burkett) – Shuts down Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts in Texas:
- Bans partial-birth abortion (a preferred method for harvesting organs),
- Bans the sale or donation of tissues or organs harvested from babies who die from elective abortion, and
- Bans research on tissues and organs obtained from babies who die from elective abortion.
- HB 434 (Simmons) – Bans wrongful birth lawsuits, in which doctors are sued by the parents of a child born with a disability because they claim they were not informed of the disability in time to abort the child.
- HB 1936 (Springer) – Stops subsidies of Planned Parenthood by prohibiting state and local governments from entering into contracts with abortion providers or affiliates.
- HB 2063 (Greg Bonnen) – Bans DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders without the consent of the patient or surrogate.
- HB 2858 (Burns) – Protects women and girls from forced abortions, especially in the course of sex trafficking:
- Requires sex trafficking signage at any place abortions are performed.
- Creates a first degree felony offense for causing the death of an unborn child of a minor girl who is a victim of sex trafficking.
- Increases penalties for assaulting a woman or girl to force her to have an abortion.
- HB 2962 (Capriglione) – Improves reporting of abortion complications by providers of follow-up care, including licensed abortion facilities, hospitals, and stand alone ERs.
- HB 3771 (Cook) – Ensures treatment for ectopic pregnancies is not reported as abortion.
- HB 3859 (Frank) – Allows foster care providers to follow their sincerely held religious beliefs to not provide or refer for abortion.
- SB 8 (Schwertner/Burkett) – companion to HB 200.
- SB 25 (Creighton/Simmons) – companion to HB 434.
- SB 20 (Larry Taylor/Smittee) — Removes mandatory abortion coverage from health insurance plans.
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