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Monday, June 17, 2013

Abortion - What the Law Requires the Doctor to Tell You

  What the law requires a doctor to tell you when abortion is elected in the State of Texas.

  •   The physician’s name.
  • The particular medical risks associated with the particular abortion procedure to be employed, including:
  •  The risks of infection and hemorrhage
  • The potential danger to a subsequent pregnancy and of infertility
  • The possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer
  •  The probable gestational age of the unborn baby at the time the abortion is to be performed.
  • The medical risks associated with carrying the baby to term.
  • Medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care.
  • The father is liable for assistance in the support of the baby without regard to whether the father has offered to pay for the abortion.
  • Public and private agencies provide pregnancy prevention counseling and medical referrals for obtaining pregnancy prevention medications or devices, including emergency contraception for victims of rape and incest.
  • Provides the pregnancy woman with “Women’s Right to Know” pamphlet.
  • Describe the unborn baby and list agencies that offer alternatives to abortion.
  • Include a list of agencies that offer sonogram services at no cost to the pregnant woman.
  • The physician who is to perform the abortion displays the sonogram images clearly in a quality consistent with current medical practice in a manner that the pregnant woman may view them.
  • The physician who is to perform the abortion provides an understandable verbal explanation  of the results of the sonogram images, including a medical description of the dimensions of the baby, the presence of a heartbeat (no heartbeat, no need for an abortion), and the presence of external members and internal organs.
Taken from Texas Bill  HB15

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