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Brief for Appellee

Statues In Issues

The Texas Abortion Laws and the statutes in issue are contained in the Texas Penal Code and consist of the following:

Article 1191. Abortion

If any person shall designedly administer to a pregnant woman or knowingly procure to be administered with her consent any drug or medicine, or shall use toward her any violence or means whatsoever externally or internally applied, and thereby procure an abortion, he shall be confined in the penitentiary for not less than two nor more than five years; if it be done without her consent, the punishment shall be doubled. By "abortion" is meant that the life of the fetus or embryo shall be destroyed in the woman's womb or that a premature birth shall be caused.

Art. 1192. Furnishing the Means

Whoever furnishes the means for procuring an abortion knowing the purpose intended is guilty as an accomplice.

Art. 1193. Attempt at Abortion

If the means used shall fail to produce and abortion, the offender is nevertheless guilty of an attempt to produce abortion, provided it be shown that such means was calculated to produce that result, and shall be fined not less that one hundred nor more than one thousand dollars.

18 A. 48.

19 A. 47–48.

20 50, 59–60.

21 A. 56–60. (an alias affidavit)

22 A. 51–55.

23 A 61–72.

24 A 73, 74.

25 A. 75–110.

26 A. 77.

27 A. 124–126.

28 A. 111–132.

29 A. 127–129.

30 A. 133, 134, 135.

31 A. 136–138.

32 A. 139–140. (The Court of Appeals has taken no further action in these cases).

33 A. 124.

34 A. 124

35 A. 125–126.

36 A. 126.

Art. 1194 Murder in Producing Abortion

If the death of the mother is occasioned by an abortion so produced or by an attempt to effect the same it is murder.

Art. 1196. By Medical Advice

Nothing in this chapter applies to an abortion procured or attempted by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.37

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