Texas Bill Prohibiting State Contracts with Abortion Providers (HB 4407)
This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019
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.
Similar to HB 3544, which failed to pass in 2017.
3/8/19 – Introduced.