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Texas Bill Prohibiting State Contracts with Abortion Providers (HB 4407)

This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Texas

Number

HB 4407

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 8, 2019

Topics

Fetal Tissue, Funding Restrictions for Family Planning, Human Embryo and Fetal Research

Full Bill Text

capitol.texas.gov

HB 4407 would prohibit a state agency from contracting with vendors that perform elective abortions, embryonic stem cell research, or conduct research on human fetal tissue.

The state would be prohibited from accepting a bid from, or awarding a contract to, a vendor that:

  • performs or promotes elective abortions or is an affiliate of an entity or individual that performs or promotes elective abortions;
  • contracts with an entity or individual that performs or promotes elective abortions;
  • intentionally or knowingly:
    • performs or attempts to perform destructive embryonic stem cell research or human cloning;
    • participates in an attempt to perform destructive embryonic stem cell research or human cloning;
    • transfers or receives a human embryo for destructive embryonic stem cell research or a human embryo produced by human cloning; or
    • transfers or receives, wholly or partly, any human egg cell, human sperm cell, human embryo, or somatic cell for human cloning; or
  • transfers, receives, or conducts scientific research on donated human fetal tissue, cells, or organs.

The bill clarifies that “promoting” an elective abortion includes:

  • securing elective abortion services for a patient through affirmative action;
  • providing or displaying to a patient information that publicizes or advertises an elective abortion service or provider; or
  • using, displaying, or operating under a brand name, trademark, service mark, or other registered identification mark of an entity or individual that performs or promotes elective abortions.

The law would not provide for a cause of action to contest a bid or award of a state contract.


Related Legislation

Similar to HB 3544, which failed to pass in 2017.


Latest Action

3/8/19 – Introduced.


People

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