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Texas Medical Board Adopts Abortion Guidance

Summary of article from The Texas Tribune, by Eleanor Klibanoff:

The Texas Medical Board has adopted new guidelines for interpreting the state’s abortion laws, aimed at clarifying the conditions under which doctors can perform abortions without risking their medical licenses. The guidance reduces some documentation requirements but stops short of providing a comprehensive list of legal abortion scenarios, citing the uniqueness of each medical case. Despite revisions, concerns remain about the clarity and sufficiency of the guidance, particularly in light of recent Texas Supreme Court rulings. The board emphasized that while it aims to protect the doctor-patient relationship, it cannot fully eliminate doctors’ fears of prosecution. The rules are open to future adjustments based on evolving circumstances.