Gov. Abbott signs legislation to strengthen abortion reporting requirements

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 215 (HB 215) to strengthen abortion reporting requirements, specifically relating to minors. This bill requires that doctors who perform abortions on minors document and report additional information, including how the minor obtained authorization for the procedure, such as from the minor’s parent or from a judge. This pro-life legislation is yet another priority of Governor Abbott’s special session agenda to be signed into law.

“When abortions occur, especially on minors, Texas must do everything possible to protect these young mothers,” said Governor Abbott. “Thanks to this law, we will now have more accurate data concerning abortions being performed on minors. I am thankful for the leadership of Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. Jim Murphy in getting this bill to my desk, and I applaud the Texas legislature for passing this important reform this special session.”

ACLU Comment on End of Texas Legislative Special Session

AUSTIN — Yesterday the Texas legislature ended its special session after having passed nine of the 20 items requested by Gov. Greg Abbott when he called the session. Increased abortion reporting for minors and a ban on insurance coverage for abortion care were among the laws passed, while the controversial “bathroom bill” was not.

“While I’m relieved the special session has adjourned without targeting transgender Texans for discrimination and abuse, this legislature has otherwise done a great deal of damage this year,” said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas. “This has been the most vindictive legislative session of my lifetime. Our lawmakers have singled out our vibrant Latino communities with one of the most anti-immigrant laws in the nation. They have made it harder for LGBT couples to welcome children into their loving homes. And they have abandoned even the pretense of protecting women’s health with their additional restrictions to abortion access. There is no rest for us at the ACLU, or for any Texan who cherishes civil liberties, at the end of this session. The work ahead will be more challenging than at any other time any of us can recall.”