Texas Bill Prohibiting State Contracts With Abortion Providers (HB 3544)
This law was last updated on Mar 9, 2019
HB 3544 would prohibit a state agency from contracting with vendors that perform elective abortions, embryonic stem cell research, or conduct research on human fetal tissue.
Specifically, the state would be prohibited from accepting a bid from or awarding a contract, including a contract for which purchasing authority is delegated to a state agency, to a vendor that:
- performs or promotes elective abortions or is an affiliate of an entity or individual that performs or promotes elective abortions;
- contracts with an entity or individual that performs or promotes elective abortions;
- intentionally or knowingly:
- performs or attempts to perform destructive embryonic stem cell research or human cloning;
- participates in an attempt to perform destructive embryonic stem cell research or human cloning;
- transfers or receives a human embryo for destructive embryonic stem cell research or a human embryo produced by human cloning; or
- transfers or receives, wholly or partly, any human egg cell, human sperm cell, human embryo, or somatic cell for human cloning; or
- transfers, receives, or conducts scientific research on donated human fetal tissue, cells, or organs.
The law would not provide for a cause of action to contest a bid or award of a state contract.