Texas Health and Safety Code
Sec. § 171.046
Exceptions


(a)

The prohibitions and requirements under Sections 171.043 (Determination of Post-fertilization Age Required), 171.044, and 171.045 (Method of Abortion)(b) do not apply to an abortion performed if there exists a condition that, in the 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, it necessitates, as applicable:

(1)

the immediate abortion of her pregnancy without the delay necessary to determine the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child;

(2)

the abortion of her pregnancy even though the post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 or more weeks; or

(3)

the use of a method of abortion other than a method described by Section 171.045 (Method of Abortion)(b).

(b)

A physician may not take an action authorized under Subsection (a) if the risk of death or a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function arises from a claim or diagnosis that the woman will engage in conduct that may result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

(c)

The prohibitions and requirements under Sections 171.043 (Determination of Post-fertilization Age Required), 171.044, and 171.045 (Method of Abortion)(b) do not apply to an abortion performed on an unborn child who has a severe fetal abnormality.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., 2nd C.S., Ch. 1, Sec. 3, eff. October 29, 2013.
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