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Texas Abortion Laws

Abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure subject to state laws. In Texas, women seeking abortion care need to know their rights and what laws impact their health care.

"Woman's Right to Know Act"

The Texas "Woman's Right to Know Act" effective January 1, 2004, requires that all women seeking abortion services wait 24 hours and be given the opportunity to be provided with certain information at least 24 hours before receiving abortion care. Clinic staff will provide you with a phone number where you can call and hear a recording made by our physician that contains the required information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services developed a "Woman's Right to Know" booklet and resource directory. Planned Parenthood did not produce this booklet, and Planned Parenthood believes that the booklet contain some language and claims that are not medically accurate. For example, the following groups have denied the claim that there is a link between breast cancer and abortion:

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The American Medical Association
  • The World Health Organization
  • The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • The National Breast Cancer Coalition
  • The National Women's Health Network
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Click here to go to the Texas Department of State Health Services website to view the materials.

You have the right to call 1-888-973-0022 if an abortion facility does not inform you of your opportunity to view the "Woman's Right to Know" booklet and directory.

In Texas, the Department of State Health Services is responsible for providing specific information related to licensed abortion facilities and conducting complaint investigations. The complaint may be mailed or faxed. Complaints against abortion centers must be in writing and may be anonymous.

  • Mailing address:
    Health Facility Compliance Group (MC 1979)
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
  • Fax:
    (512) 834-6653
  • E-mail: hfc.complaints@dshs.state.tx.us
  • Complaint hotline:
    (888) 973-0022

To read more about the complaint process, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/complain_HFlicensing.shtm

Minors and Abortion Care

Please click here for more information about laws that apply to minors seeking abortion care.


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