In 2013, Texas passed as part of House Bill 2 an unconstitutional 20-week ban on abortion. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization and includes only limited exceptions for life endangerment, for a woman’s health, and for cases of lethal fetal abnormality. The law excludes mental health from the narrow health exception and contains no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The ban is currently in effect.
In November 2016, Texas Representative Matt Schaefer pre-filed legislation that would amend Texas’ current 20-week ban to eliminate the exception for fetal abnormalities. Current law allows for narrow exceptions after 20 weeks post-fertilization for cases of lethal fetal abnormality, life endangerment, and the endangerment of a woman’s health. The bill would remove the exception for lethal fetal abnormalities. For the latest bill status, click here.