The Basics of Abortion Laws in Texas
House Bill 15 – Requirements for compliance with Texas law:
In the state of Texas, a mandatory 24-hour waiting period is required for all abortions. The waiting period begins at the woman’s in-office consultation and ultrasound.
On the date of your consultation you will certify you have received the following information required by Texas law.
State Required Information
The facility is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, License #007882 (Austin). Complaints about these facilities may be made to: Director, Health Facility Compliance Division, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin TX 78756. The Texas Department of State Health Services investigates all complaints against abortion facilities. Complaints must be in writing and signed by the complainant. All information pertaining to complaints will be kept strictly confidential.
Toll-Free Telephone Number: 1-888-973-0022
You have the right to access certain information concerning this abortion facility by using the toll-free telephone number listed above. If you make a call to the above number, your identity will remain anonymous.
- The toll-free telephone line can provide you with the following information:
- Whether this facility is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services
- The date of the last inspection of this facility by the Texas Department of State Health
- Services and any violations of law or rules discovered during that inspection that may pose a health risk to you
- Any relevant fine, penalty, or judgment rendered against this facility or a doctor who provides services at this facility.
Regarding Non-Receipt of State Required Materials
You have the right to contact the Texas Department of State Health Services (888-973-0022) in the event this facility does not provide you with the Woman’s Right to Know booklet or resource directory, should you choose to view it.
Paternity and Child Support Information
We are required to provide you with a publication developed by the Title IV-D agency that provides information about paternity establishment and child support including: the steps necessary for unmarried parents to establish legal paternity; the benefits of paternity establishment for children; the steps necessary to obtain a child support order; the benefits of establishing a legal parent order; and financial and legal responsibilities of parenting.
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