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Texas Medical and Hospital Associations Criticize Proposed Abortion Guidelines

Dr. Sherif Zaafran, president of the Texas Medical Board, said he intends for the rules to address confusion and fear among Texas doctors.

Texas women, obstetricians and gynecologists and representatives of some of the state’s largest medical associations criticized the Texas Medical Board on Monday over proposed rules to ban abortion that they say create additional burdens on doctors and could put endangering pregnant women.

The Texas Medical Board on March 22 announced its proposed new rules, which would require doctors to document whether they attempted to transfer a patient to another doctor or facility to avoid performing an abortion, a rule that several speakers at a stakeholder meeting On Monday they said it goes further. requirements set forth in state statute and could delay life-saving care. The guidelines would also require doctors to list alternative treatment options they tried before considering an abortion.