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Texas Bill Regarding Human Trafficking and Coerced Abortion (HB 2858)

This law was last updated on Mar 10, 2017




HB 2858




Mar 3, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


"Coercion" Tests, Fetal Homicide, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Full Bill Text

HB 2858 would amend current law regarding abortion facilities and offenses associated with human trafficking and coerced abortion.


The bill would require abortion facilities to display a sign in each patient admission area, waiting room, restroom, and patient consulting room, which reads:

WARNING: Obtaining forced labor or services is a crime under Texas law. If you or someone you know is a victim of such a crime, you are encouraged to call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You may remain anonymous.

Human Trafficking Offenses

The bill would amend the Texas penal code regarding human trafficking offenses to make it a felony of the first degree if an “unborn child” of a person who is trafficked, dies.

Coerced Abortion

The bill would amend the penal code regarding assault to make it a felony of the second degree if a person  intentionally or knowingly uses force or the threat of force to compel an individual to receive an abortion.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 1377.


Primary Sponsor