Abortion Education

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel fearful and isolated. You are not alone, and AWC Centers (formerly Any Woman Can) are here to help.

AWC Centers offer free pregnancy testing and first trimester ultrasounds to help determine if your pregnancy is viable and to discuss your options.

We are not a mandatory reporter so your appointments will remain completely confidential. We also offer free counseling if you need a safe place to discuss anxiety, fear, depression or traumas.

To learn more about Texas abortion law, scroll down.

To learn more abortion and its potential risks, scroll to the bottom of the page to find resources written and recommended by AWC Centers’ Medical Director for Gynecology, Dr. Ingrid Skop.

Texas Abortion Law:
Basic Information

Human Life Protection Act

On Thursday, August 25, 2022, the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280 (Trigger Law), went into effect. Abortion (medical/chemical & surgical) is now illegal in Texas unless necessary to save the life of the mother.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Main Provisions: Texas Abortion Laws

The main provisions of Texas’s Human Life Protection Act are highlighted in the table below.​​​​​
Code SectionTex. Civ. Stat. 170A.001, et seq.
Statutory Definition of Illegal AbortionAbortion is prohibited, unless the pregnant woman has a life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising from a pregnancy that places her at risk of death or poses a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function.
Penalty for Unlawful AbortionFirst-degree felony (second-degree felony if the unborn child survives the abortion attempt)
Physician Licensing RequirementsLicensed physician

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.1

1. Health and Safety Code Chapter 170A. Performance of abortion. (n.d.). Retrieved February 1, 2023, from​​​

Abortion Education

Articles recommended by our Medical Director of Gynecology:​

Considering an abortion?

Scared. Trapped. Pressured. Alone.​​​​​

If a baby is not in your plans right now, it’s possible you’re feeling at least one of these things, but you don’t have to go through this alone. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are here for you.

Like any other big decision in your life, you deserve to understand all your choices, any risks, and how the decision you make today may impact your life tomorrow. We are here to help.

AWC’s client advocates and nurses can provide the information you need about abortion procedures. They can answer any medical questions you may have about abortion, pregnancy and sexual health; or just listen to your concerns.

Although we don’t perform or refer for abortions, we will help you understand all of your options. Make an appointment today for a pregnancy test and options counseling.

Dr. Skop has weighed in on many articles regarding the hot button issue of abortion and its effects of the family and society. For more information on these topics, please follow the links below.