Rep. Cason Files Bill to Require Death Certificates for All Abortions in Texas

March 10, 2021
Rep. Cason Files Bill to Require Death Certificates for All Abortions in Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Representative Jeff Cason announced today his filing of House Bill 2976, the Death Certificates for Aborted Babies Act. This bill would require that every child aborted in the State of Texas be recorded and filed with a Fetal Death Certificate, regardless of weight or time of gestation.

“Each year, over 55,000 babies are killed by abortion in the State of Texas. Even though these pre-born babies are, by all scientific definitions, living humans, current Texas law does not require a death certificate to be filed upon the elective termination of their life.,” Rep. Cason said. “If we are to respect the sanctity of human life, then it is imperative that every human being, regardless of their size, be treated just as any other human.”

Current state law requires that a fetal death certificate be filed only in cases in which the fetus weighs more than 350 grams or are at an age of more than 20 weeks. Abortions are not currently covered under the Health and Safety Code regarding fetal death certificates. The current law only covers stillbirths.

“Every aborted baby in Texas should receive the respect they deserve through a formal death certificate – a certificate that is expected for any other Texan,” Rep. Cason concluded.