Texas Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 171.0031
Requirements of Physician; Offense


A physician performing or inducing an abortion:


must, on the date the abortion is performed or induced, 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; and


provides obstetrical or gynecological health care services; and


shall provide the pregnant woman with:


a telephone number by which the pregnant woman may reach the physician, or other health care personnel employed by the physician or by the facility at which the abortion was performed or induced with access to the woman’s relevant medical records, 24 hours a day to request assistance for any complications that arise from the performance or induction of the abortion or ask health-related questions regarding the abortion; and


the name and telephone number of the nearest hospital to the home of the pregnant woman at which an emergency arising from the abortion would be treated.


A physician who violates Subsection (a) commits an offense. An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine only, not to exceed $4,000.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., 2nd C.S., Ch. 1, Sec. 2, eff. October 29, 2013.
Sec. 171.004. ABORTION OF FETUS AGE 16 WEEKS OR MORE. An abortion of a fetus age 16 weeks or more may be performed only at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital licensed to perform the abortion.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 999, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

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