84(R) - 2015
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Relating to notice of and
consent to an abortion for a minor; amending provisions subject to a criminal
No significant fiscal
implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3994 would make the following changes to Chapter 33
(Notice of Abortion) of the Family Code:
- A physician would be required to presume that a pregnant
woman is a minor unless the minor presents a valid government identification.
- A physician would not be allowed to perform an abortion on a
minor without the consent of the parents or guardian.
- A pregnant minor would be allowed to file an application for
a court order for an abortion without notification and consent of a parent.
Current statute applies this to both parents.
- A pregnant minor would be required to appear in person
before the court hearing regarding the abortion request.
- The Court could now make a ruling on the application within
a five day period instead of two days.
- The Court would be required to determine that a minor
requesting an abortion has presented “clear and convincing evidence” that the
child attempted to notify and request consent of an abortion from a parent.
- This legislation would add new provisions regarding relevant
factors that a court must consider before ruling on the application for an
abortion by a minor. One of these
factors would require the minor to be evaluated by a licensed mental health
- New regulations would address court procedures on the handling
of information regarding minor requests for an abortion.
- A minor’s claim that she is being physically or sexually
abused would constitute a reason for the physician to believe that abuse has
Vote Recommendation Notes
No changes have been made to this bill in the Senate committee. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Perry.
First chamber recommendation:
Our policy is to not recommend for or against bills dealing primarily with social issues; thus we stand neutral on HB 3994.
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Eagle Forum
Texas Home School Coalition
Texas Right to Life
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Concerned Women for America of Texas
League of Women Voters of Texas
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Travis County Democratic Party