Texas Bill Would Revoke Medical Licenses of Physicians Who Perform Abortions

– July 26, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — A bill recently introduced in the Texas legislature would revoke the medical licenses of physicians who perform abortions, with the exception of those deemed “necessary” to save the life of the mother or to save another baby when the mother is pregnant with multiples.

H.B. 86, introduced by Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, expands the existing enumerated prohibitions under which as physician’s license may be revoked. The measure was filed as Gov. Greg Abbott had called for a 30-day special legislative session, which began on July 18, and includes other pro-life bills.

Swanson’s bill would ban physicians from performing an unborn unless “there exists a condition that, in a physician’s reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of the woman that, to avert the woman’s death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, other than a psychological condition” or if “the woman is pregnant with multiple unborn children [and] the abortion is necessary to ensure that at least one unborn child is born alive and healthy.”