SUMMARY OF THE ANTI-ABORTION BILLS IN THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE
AS OF February 21, 1979
H.B. 125 by Rep. Gene Green of Houston. The bill would amend Title II
of the Family Code by giving a living fetus, surviving an abortion
the same rights, powers and priviliges as other citizens. It
also attempts to terminate the parent-child relationship and to
make the fetus a ward of the State Dept. of Human Resources.
Referred to the Committee on Judicial Affairs:
Chair: Bird, Vice Chair: Hill of Dallas, Allred, Barrientos,
Donaldson, Gaston, Hudson, Polk, Reyes, Whitmire.
S.B. 117 by Sen. Walter Mengden of Houston. Same as H.B. 125 by Green.
Referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence:
Chair: Farabee, Vice Chair: Meier, Braecklein, Doggett, Jones
of Houston, Longoria, Mauzy, Mengden, Parker, Santiesteban,
S.B. 118 by Sen. Salter Mengden of Houston. The bill would prohibit
hospitals, clinics, or any other medical facilities, supported
by any taxes, from using its services and/or facilities for the
performance of abortions; except to save the life of the woman
or in cases of rape or incest. A resident of the county in which
the facility is located may sue to enjoin the facility.
(It should be noted that all hospitals receive some tax money,
and that this bill would also stop the training of new physicians
and other medical personnel in the medical schools of this state.
Medical schools all receive tax money.)
Referred to the Committee on Human Resources:
Chair: Brooks, Vice Chair: Braecklein, Andujar, Blake, Clower,
Doggett, Jones of Houston, Patman, Price, Short, Truan.
S.B. 119 by Sen. Halter Mengden of Houston. The bill would prohibit the
state or any city, county, special district, or any other politica
subdivision from entering into any health insurance agreement
that provides benefits for abortion; except in cases of rape or
incest, or to save the life of the woman.
(It should be noted that this would include school districts.
Also, no political subdivision or insurance agency or company
asked for such legislation. In fact, it is to their advantage
to pay for abortions when sought, as opposed to maternity
Referred to the Committee on Economic Development:
Chair: Creighton, Vice Chair: Harris, Howard, Jones of Abilene,
McKnight, Moore, Price. | .
H.B. 1063 by Rep. Bill Ceverha of Dallas./, The bill would adopt the
concept that the 'unborn child1 is a person from the moment of
conception; require 2nd trimester abortions to be performed only
in a hospital and all abortion facilities meet 'surgical standards1; requires the physician to dispose of the fetus in a manner