Texas Abortion Law

Know Your Rights

Basics of Texas Abortion Law

Texas law requires a mandatory, in-person consultation appointment with a physician and ultrasound at least 24 hours before taking the first pill. At your first visit, you will be given detailed written and verbal instructions on what to expect during this process and how to take the medications.

**There is an exception if you live more than 100 miles from a Texas licensed abortion facility. If that applies to you, we are able to provide this information over the phone at least 24 hrs in advance. Please discuss with our staff when you call so we can be sure you qualify and have all the necessary information.

MINORS
According to Texas Law, a woman under 18 years of age requires parental consent before she can obtain an abortion. However, you have options. The Texas organization Jane’s Due Process will help you through a legal process (at no charge) to have an abortion without notifying a parent. Please call our clinic to find out more about this law, or visit their website at www.janesdueprocess.org

BEWARE of Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Please be aware that these clinics often portray themselves as medical clinics and even choose names that sound legitimate. They advertise aggressively under Abortion or Women’s Organizations or Pregnancy. When you call, they are very pushy about having you come in rather than giving you information over the phone. One of their tactics is to offer a free ultrasound and some even park a bus outside an abortion clinic. Once you go for the ultrasound, they give biased, inaccurate information about your pregnancy and abortion. For your own safety and protection, ask if they perform abortions. If they do not answer YES, they are probably not a legitimate provider. There are a number of these pregnancy counseling and testing centers run by anti-abortion groups. Remember, these clinics exist for one reason: to prevent women from choosing abortion. One of their tactics is making women wait for pregnancy test results while showing a film or giving literature to scare you.
Read more about them here:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/crisis-pregancy-centers-supreme-court_us_5a09f40ae4b0bc648a0d13a2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_pregnancy_center
https://www.exposefakeclinics.com/about-us/
https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/issue/fake-health-centers/
https://www.abortionclinics.com/crisis-pregnancy-centers/

State Required Information

Any complaints about this facility may be made to: Director, Health Facility Compliance Division, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin TX 78756.  Complaints must be in writing and signed by the complainant. All information 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. Calling this number will 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

If you request the department’s “A Woman’s Right to Know” materials and we do not provide them, you can call the department at 1-888-973-0022. The department’s “A Woman’s Right to Know” materials can be viewed on their website.   http://www.dshs.texas.gov/wrtk/

Paternity and Child Support Information
We are required to provide you with a publication https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/child-support by the state that provides information about paternity establishment and child support.

Resources to Get Involved!

Generations before you fought to make abortion safe and legal. These rights are under constant attack by conservative religious and political groups. The majority of Americans support legal abortion but we must make our voices heard! If you want more information or want to join the fight to protect access to safe and legal abortion, check out some of these resources:

ACLU Texas – Know your Rights

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

Progress Texas

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity

Center for Reproductive Rights

National Organization for Women