Texas Abortion Complication Reporting Requirements (HB 13)

This law was last updated on Aug 15, 2017


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Texas

Number

HB 13

Status

Signed into Law

Proposed

Jul 20, 2017

Topics

Physicians Reporting Requirements, Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.tx.us

HB 13 would require health facilities and physicians who perform abortions to submit quarterly reports on each abortion complication diagnosed or treated at the facility.

Such reports must identify the name and type of facility submitting the report and must include, if known, for each abortion complication:

  • the date of the abortion that caused or may have caused the complication;
  • the type of abortion that caused or may have caused the complication;
  • the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus when the abortion was performed;
  • the name and type of the facility in which the abortion was performed;
  • the date the complication was diagnosed or treated;
  • the name and type of any facility other than the reporting facility in which the complication was diagnosed or treated;
  • a description of the complication;
  • the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, and state and county of residence; and
  • the date of the first day of the patient’s last menstrual period that occurred before the date of the abortion that caused or may have caused the complication.

Such reports would be confidential and not open to public record.

A facility that violates this law would be subject to a civil penalty of $500 for each violation. The third separate violation of this section would constitute a cause for the revocation or suspension of a facility’s license, permit, registration, certificate, or other authority or for other disciplinary action.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 195, SB 10, and SB 85.

Similar to HB 2962/SB 1602 and SB 872, all of which failed to pass during the regular 2017 legislative session.

STATUS

Passed the house on July 28, 2017, by a 94-45 vote.

Passed the senate on August 11, 2017, by a 22-9 vote.

Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on August 15, 2017.


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