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Texas Abortion Restrictions

How today’s near-total abortion ban in Texas was 20 years in the making

Since 2000, Texas lawmakers have reduced the number of abortions in the state by restricting access to the procedure.

The Texas Capitol in Austin on Oct. 19, 2021.

2000: First “parental notification law” goes into effect

2003: The “Women’s Right to Know Act”

2005: 24-week ban, more restrictions for teens

2011: Sonogram law, taxpayer dollar restrictions

2013: More restrictions on doctors, facilities, patients, “medication” abortion

2017: Second-trimester abortions, restrictions on insurance coverage

2019: Stricter rules on government partnerships, assistance

2021: Texas “heartbeat” law

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