The 88th Legislature passed a bill protecting doctors who treat some pregnancy complications. House Bill 3058 provides a defense to lawsuits and criminal penalties under Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 170A. It protects doctors who terminate a pregnancy to treat the following life-threatening complications:
This bill also protects pharmacists and pharmacies.
This bill will go into effect on September 1, 2023.
Several sections of Texas law allow abortion providers or those assisting with an abortion to be sued or fined.
Note The patient who obtains an abortion is rarely at risk of fines or lawsuits under Texas's statutes. More often, the person performing the abortion is who will be fined or sued.
Several abortion-related statutes allow the Texas Medical Board to punish a doctor who violates the law. The Medical Board may revoke or suspend a doctor's medical license or fine the doctor up to $5,000.