2021 Legislation: Reform Related to Pregnancy While Incarcerated

When a pregnant woman is in state or county custody, it is vital that she has access to needed medical care, especially if she has experienced a miscarriage or assault.

HB 1307 (Authors: Mary González, Allen, Guillen | Sponsor: Menéndez), Relating to the care of pregnant women in county jail or in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. As soon as possible after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) receives a report that a pregnant woman in its custody had a miscarriage or was physically or sexually assaulted, TDCJ must ensure that an obstetrician or gynecologist and a mental health professional promptly review the health care services provided to the woman and order additional health care services as appropriate, including obstetrical and gynecological services and mental health services. A sheriff must follow the same procedures for a pregnant woman in the custody of a county jail. Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2021

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