Current through the 87th Legislature (2021) Third Special Session
Section 171.061 - Definitions
In this subchapter: (1) "Abortion" has the meaning assigned by Section 245.002. This definition, as applied in this subchapter, may not be construed to apply to an act done with the intent to treat a maternal disease or illness for which a prescribed drug, medicine, or other substance is indicated. (2) "Abortion-inducing drug" means a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, including a regimen of two or more drugs, medicines, or substances, prescribed, dispensed, or administered with the intent of terminating a clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman and with knowledge that the termination will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of the woman's unborn child. The term includes off-label use of drugs, medicines, or other substances known to have abortion-inducing properties that are prescribed, dispensed, or administered with the intent of causing an abortion, including the Mifeprex regimen, misoprostol (Cytotec), and methotrexate. The term does not include a drug, medicine, or other substance that may be known to cause an abortion but is prescribed, dispensed, or administered for other medical reasons. (2-a) "Adverse event" or "abortion complication" means any harmful event or adverse outcome with respect to a patient related to an abortion, including the abortion complications listed in Section 171.006, as added by Chapter 4 (H.B. 13), Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017. (3) [Repealed by 2021 amendment.] (4) "Gestational age" means the amount of time that has elapsed since the first day of a woman's last menstrual period. (5) "Medical abortion" means the administration or use of an abortion-inducing drug to induce an abortion, and may also be referred to as a "medication abortion," a "chemical abortion," a "drug-induced abortion," "RU-486," or the "Mifeprex regimen". (6) [Repealed by 2021 amendment.] (7) "Physician" means an individual who is licensed to practice medicine in this state, including a medical doctor and a doctor of osteopathic medicine. (8) "Pregnant" means the female reproductive condition of having an unborn child in a woman's uterus. (8-a) "Provide" means, as used with regard to abortion-inducing drugs, any act of giving, selling, dispensing, administering, transferring possession, or otherwise providing or prescribing an abortion-inducing drug. (9) "Unborn child" means an offspring of human beings from conception until birth.
Tex. Health and Safety Code § 171.061Amended by Acts 2021SP2, Texas Acts of the 87th Legislature - Second Special Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 7, eff. 12/2/2021.Amended by Acts 2021SP2, Texas Acts of the 87th Legislature - Second Special Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 3, eff. 12/2/2021.Amended by Acts 2017, Texas Acts of the 85th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 441,Sec. 5, eff. 9/1/2017.Added by Acts 2013SP2, 83rd Leg. - 2d Spec. Sess., ch. 1,Sec. 3, eff. 10/29/2013.