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Relating to prohibited logistical support by a governmental entity for procurement of an abortion or the services of an abortion provider.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 650 prevents a governmental entity from entering into a taxpayer resource transaction or to appropriate or spend money to provide to any person logistical support for the express purpose of assisting a woman with procuring an abortion or the services of an abortion provider.
This includes providing child care, travel or transportation, lodging, food or food preparation, counseling that encourages a woman to have an abortion, and any other service that facilitates the provision of an abortion. This does not apply to taxpayer resource transactions entered into or money appropriated or spent by a governmental entity that is subject to a federal law. This determination has to be made by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission and confirmed in writing by the attorney general.
Texas Action views abortion as primarily a social issue and therefore does not take a position on bills which change the legal status of abortion. However, it is not the proper role of government to use public funds to facilitate abortion. By prohibiting public funds or resources to be expended in the facilitation of abortion or access to abortion services, SB 650 supports the principle of limited government.