“Today, Texas has one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. Under state law, abortions are legal if the patient’s life is at risk, but some doctors say that’s not clearly defined. State law says doctors who perform abortions could face life in prison and fines of up to $100,000. That’s why Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, worked with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to clarify the law.
“The purpose of [House Bill] 3058, the new bill, was to ensure that there was an affirmative defense for physicians, that they would not have to be concerned about liability for using their medical judgment,” she said.
The new legislation says doctors have protection against prosecution when they treat PPROM. Short for previable premature rupture of membranes, PPROM is when a woman’s water breaks early, perhaps before the baby is viable. It can be fatal if untreated. Doctors were already allowed to perform an abortion in cases of ectopic pregnancies….”