FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/06/2013
Burkett Files Women's Safety Bill
(AUSTIN, TX) - Today, Governor Perry expanded the call of the special session to include pro-life related issues. Representative Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale) filed House Bill 57, which would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within a 30 mile radius in the event of a life-threatening complications resulting from an abortion.
Under current law, a doctor performing abortions is not required to have hospital admitting privileges and there are little statutory requirements relating to the medical records the doctors are required to maintain. HB 57 is a bill focusing on the safety of the women who receive abortions should post-surgery complications arise.
The bill would:
• Require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the procedure is performed and that provides obstetrical or gynecological health care services,
• Require doctors to provide the patient with a 24 hour monitored telephone number to call should complications arise from the performance of the procedure for up to thirty days after the procedure,
• Require doctors to provide the patient with the name and telephone number of the nearest hospital to her home,
• Require the doctor to maintain the patient’s medical records in accordance with the rules adopted by the Texas Medical Board
• Provides a penalty of a Class A misdemeanor punishable only by fine.
Representative Burkett said, "This is a commonsense bill that should garner bi-partisan support. It is of the utmost importance that women receive the best possible medical care. This bill specifically seeks to restrict the activities of bad actors who prey upon women in situations of severe vulnerability. I respectfully ask my colleagues to join with me in supporting the swift passage of this legislation"