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Texas ‘Lawyers for Fetuses’ Bill (HB 3605)

This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 3605


Failed to Pass


Mar 6, 2019


Co-sponsors: 3
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 4


Parental Involvement, Personhood

Full Bill Text

HB 3605 would permit a court to appoint an attorney ad litem to represent a fetus or embryo should a pregnant minor wish to waive the state’s parental consent requirements by petitioning a court located in the minor’s county of residence.

The bill would require the state attorney general to develop and maintain a registry for qualified attorneys in the state that have voluntarily notified the attorney general of their willingness to serve—or have been asked and have consented to serve—as attorneys ad litem for any “unborn child” in a judicial bypass proceeding.

State law defines “unborn child” to mean an offspring of human beings from conception until birth.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 3542 (2017) and HB 1901 (2015), which would have appointed a lawyer for a fetus when the pregnant person is on life support.

Latest Action

3/6/19 – Introduced.

5/6/19 – Reported out of committee.