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Abortion Laws

This guide discusses the developments in laws related to abortion following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling.

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In Vitro Fertilization

As of July, 2022, Texas's abortion laws do not specifically mention in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other fertility treatments. Until a court rules on how the new abortion laws apply to IVF, it is unclear how these kinds of treatments will be affected. The Legislature may also choose to write new laws on the topic in the upcoming legislative session.

Until then, medical and legal experts can only suggest theories about the impacts of the new laws. Please see links below for discussions of what the new laws may mean for fertility treatments in Texas.

Travel to Other States to Obtain an Abortion

As of July, 2022, Texas's laws do not prevent someone from traveling to another state to obtain an abortion. In his statement following the Dobbs decision, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the federal government will protect that ability. In the future, the Texas Legislature may introduce legislation similar to legislation pending in Missouri. If they are successful, the courts will need to decide the validity of those laws.