HB 2858

85(R) - 2017
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Child abuse
Human Trafficking

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


DeWayne Burns

Bill Caption

Relating to human trafficking signs at abortion facilities and offenses associated with human trafficking and coerced abortion; increasing criminal penalties. 

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: no significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated except for an indeterminate impact associated with amending the Penal Code.

Bill Analysis

HB 2858 would require abortion facilities to display sign with information related to forced abortions, forced sexual acts, and human trafficking. Next, a human trafficking offense that results in the death of an unborn child of the person trafficked would be made a first-degree felony. An assault that causes bodily harm to a pregnant person to force that person to have an abortion would be made a third-degree felony. Finally, offenses of threatening or physical contact against a pregnant person to force the person to have an abortion would be made a Class A misdemeanor.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill deals with what we regard primarily as a social issue and we do not make vote recommendations on social issues, therefore we remain neutral.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

Organizations Opposed

League of Women Voters of Texas