Texas Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst has requested the Texas Office of Attorney General (AG) to investigate the circumstances surrounding a new report – Induced Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP) - issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, that revealed at least six infants were born alive during abortion attempts in 2019.
During the 86th legislative session, Sen. Kolkhorst sponsored and passed the Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (HB 16) along with State Representative Jeff Leach, which requires appropriate medical treatment for infants born alive after an abortion. The law includes strong civil and criminal penalties if a physician fails to provide appropriate medical treatment. Physicians who fail to do so can be liable to the state for a civil penalty of not less than $100,000, to be collected by the AG, as well as criminal penalties.
In her letter to the AG, Kolkhorst expressed outrage, stating, “I am heartbroken to read that these horrific events continue. These tragedies are the exact reason why I worked to pass the Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. While the federal laws remain unclear, our Texas law is now very clear. Every baby born in Texas is going to be respected as a human being. Texans must stand united to protect innocent life.”
(Note: The full ITOP report can be viewed here: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/records-statistics/data-statistics/itop-statistics.)