Texas enacts strict regulations for abortion clinics and doctors
Sponsored by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, and pledged to be signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Rick Perry, HB2 states that a physician performing or inducing an abortion must, on the date the abortion is performed, have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is located not further than 30 miles from the location at which the abortion is performed or induced. Violators of the law will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000. In addition, a person may not knowingly give, sell, dispense, administer, provide, or prescribe an abortion-inducing drug to a pregnant woman for the purpose of inducing an abortion unless the person is a physician who administers the drug at a licensed abortion facility. Finally, on and after September 1, 2014, the minimum standards for an abortion facility must be equivalent to the minimum standards adopted under Section 243.010 for ambulatory surgical centers.