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Texas ‘Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act’ (HB 948)

This law was last updated on Jan 21, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 948


Failed to Pass


Jan 11, 2017


Co-sponsors: 10
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 11


Fetal Homicide, Personhood

Full Bill Text

HB 948 would prohibit all abortion in Texas, even for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or those with severe genetic abnormalities.

Fetal Homicide

The bill would remove the exception for abortion from the definition of homicide in the state’s penal code. If passed, all parties involved in an abortion (physicians, nurses, the pregnant patient, etc.) may face murder charges.


The bill provides that “a living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum, is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child.”

Abortion Prohibition Enforcement

The bill would direct the attorney general to direct state agencies to enforce the law regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions. The bill would instruct local governments to do the same.