Texas Bill Regarding Abortion Facility Sign Requirements (HB 3446)
This law was last updated on Mar 27, 2015
HB 3446 would require ambulatory surgical centers that perform more than 50 abortions in a year, or any other licensed abortion facility to conspicuously display a sign in each patient admission area, waiting room, and patient consulting room.
The sign should read:
“You can’t be forced. No one can make you have an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor. In fact, forcing a minor to have an abortion is considered child abuse. If you are a minor being forced into making a particular decision, you can report it by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. The call is free and the hotline operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
You and the father. The father of your child must provide support for the child, even if he has offered to pay for an abortion. The Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General can help you locate your child’s father and determine that he is the father. The Child Support Division can also help establish and enforce child support orders and collect money owed, as well as distribute child support payments. To learn more about child support services, call the Child Support Division at (512) 460-6000.
You and adoption. The law allows adoptive parents to pay costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and newborn care. To learn more about adoption services and the organizations available to assist you, call Woman’s Right to Know at (512) 776-6917.
You are not alone. Many agencies are willing to help you carry your child to term and assist you after your child’s birth. This includes providing access to health care services for mother and baby, supplies, healthy food items, nutrition education, and in-home support.”
An additional sign would be required to be posted regarding human trafficking. The sign should read:
“WARNING: Being forced to engage in sexual activity or forced to obtain an abortion is illegal under Texas law. Call the national human trafficking hotline: 1-888-373-7888.”