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Texas Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HB 1500)

This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Texas

Number

HB 1500

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Feb 7, 2019

Topics

Heartbeat Bans, Informed Consent, Physicians Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

capitol.texas.gov

HB 1500 would prohibit a physician from performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant person if it has been determined that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat.


A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy—two weeks after a person’s first missed period—and well before many people even realize that they are pregnant.


The bill would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion without first determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. The bill would allow the state executive commissioner to adopt rules specifying the appropriate tests to be used in determining the presence of a fetal heartbeat based on standard medical practice.

A physician would be able to perform an abortion only in cases of medical emergency or if it has been determined that there is no detectable heartbeat. If there is a medical emergency, the physician would need to document it in the patient’s medical record.

A person who violates this provision would be guilty of a felony.

Informed Consent

If a fetal heartbeat is detected, a physician would be required to inform the pregnant person in writing of the statistical probability of bringing the fetus to term.

Reporting Requirements

The bill would require a physician to include fetal heartbeat information on each abortion report, including any abortion performed due to a medical emergency.


Latest Action

2/7/19 – Introduced.


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