Texas Health and Safety Code
Sec. § 171.061

In this subchapter:


“Abortion” has the meaning assigned by Section 245.002 (Definitions). This definition, as applied in this subchapter, may not be construed to apply to an act done with the intent to treat a maternal disease or illness for which a prescribed drug, medicine, or other substance is indicated.


“Abortion-inducing drug” means a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, including a regimen of two or more drugs, medicines, or substances, prescribed, dispensed, or administered with the intent of terminating a clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman and with knowledge that the termination will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of the woman’s unborn child. The term includes off-label use of drugs, medicines, or other substances known to have abortion-inducing properties that are prescribed, dispensed, or administered with the intent of causing an abortion, including the Mifeprex regimen. The term does not include a drug, medicine, or other substance that may be known to cause an abortion but is prescribed, dispensed, or administered for other medical reasons.


“Final printed label” or “FPL” means the informational document approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for an abortion-inducing drug that:


outlines the protocol authorized by that agency and agreed to by the drug company applying for authorization of the drug by that agency; and


delineates how a drug is to be used according to approval by that agency.


“Gestational age” means the amount of time that has elapsed since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.


“Medical abortion” means the administration or use of an abortion-inducing drug to induce an abortion.


“Mifeprex regimen,” “RU-486 regimen,” or “RU-486” means the abortion-inducing drug regimen approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration that consists of administering mifepristone and misoprostol.


“Physician” means an individual who is licensed to practice medicine in this state, including a medical doctor and a doctor of osteopathic medicine.


“Pregnant” means the female reproductive condition of having an unborn child in a woman’s uterus.


“Unborn child” means an offspring of human beings from conception until birth.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., 2nd C.S., Ch. 1, Sec. 3, eff. October 29, 2013.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 441 (S.B. 8), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2017.
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