Honorable Charles Schwertner, Chair, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB415 by Perry (Relating to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense.), As Introduced
The provision of the bill that is the subject of this analysis would amend the Health and Safety Code as it relates to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions. Under the provisions of the bill, intentionally performing certain dismemberment abortions would be punishable as a state jail felony.
A state jail felony is punishable by confinement in a state jail for a term from 180 days to 2 years and, in addition to confinement, an optional fine not to exceed $10,000 or Class A Misdemeanor punishment.
Expanding the list of behaviors for which a criminal penalty is applied is expected to result in increased demands upon the correctional resources of counties or of the State due to longer terms of supervision in the community or longer terms of confinement in state correctional institutions. However, this analysis assumes the provision of the bill addressing felony sanctions would not result in a significant impact on the demand of state correctional resources.