Texas ‘Lawyers for Fetuses’ Bill (HB 3605)
This law was last updated on May 6, 2019
HB 3605 would permit a court to appoint an attorney ad litem to represent a fetus or embryo should a pregnant minor wish to waive the state’s parental consent requirements by petitioning a court located in the minor’s county of residence.
The bill would require the state attorney general to develop and maintain a registry for qualified attorneys in the state that have voluntarily notified the attorney general of their willingness to serve—or have been asked and have consented to serve—as attorneys ad litem for any “unborn child” in a judicial bypass proceeding.
State law defines “unborn child” to mean an offspring of human beings from conception until birth.
3/6/19 – Introduced.
5/6/19 – Reported out of committee.