Here are Texas' rules on abortion -- how do they compare to other states?

The recent passing of a measure in Alabama that would ban abortion, aside from very limited exceptions, has fueled the fire in abortion talks nationwide.

The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to the nation's most restrictive abortion law in the country, a measure that makes performing abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony, with a possible penalty of life in prison for the mother or doctor performing the procedure.

The U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade in 1973 determined women have the constitutional right to access to abortion, but as we've noticed recently, most states have set limitations, some more strict than others.

Texas’ abortion laws are on the stricer side, comparitively, as a woman can not receive an abortion past 20 weeks of gestation. And there are some stipulations.

In order to receive an abortion, the woman must have an ultrasound first. The heartbeat must be made audible and the image available to the mother.

On another note, if the woman is any further along than 16 weeks, she must have the abortion done at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

If a minor is seeking an abortion, it can’t be performed until a parent of legal guardian has been notified.

With these laws, Texas women only represent 6% of abortions in the United States.


About the Author: