Oppose: HB 16 (companion bill SB 23) would criminalize doctors who do not provide medical treatment to a fetus after a botched abortion, an incredibly rare occurrence. This bill aims to further stigmatize abortion and target abortion providers in Texas who perform this very safe medical procedure.
Update 3/11/19: This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee.
Update 3/25/19: Scheduled for a public hearing on March 25, 2019.
Update 4/9/19: Voted out of committee and is now awaiting a House vote.
Update 4/17/19: The House voted to pass this bill.
Update 4/25/19: This bill has been referred to the Senate Health & Human Services committee.
Update 5/7/19: Scheduled for a public hearing on May 7, 2019.
Update 5/13/19: Voted favorably out of Senate committee.
Update 5/16/19: The Senate voted to pass this bill.
Update 5/23/19: The House voted to agree with the Senate's amendments to the bill.
Update 5/29/19: This bill was sent to the Governor to sign into law.
Update 6/14/19: The Governor signed this bill into law, effective 9/1/19.