Pro-life legislation which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected is gaining traction in the Texas House.

Filed last week by State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R–Deer Park), House Bill 1500, known as the Texas Heartbeat Bill, has already gained over 40 coauthors.

Cain says he deliberately chose Valentine’s Day to announce the bill’s outpouring of support.

“Just as a heart is the universal sign of Valentine’s Day, a beating heart is the universal sign of life,” said Cain. “Eleven other states have filed heartbeat bills this year, making 2019 the year of the Heartbeat Bill.”

The legislation is a priority for the Republican Party of Texas, whose platform calls for “Prohibition of abortions after the time an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.”

“I am humbled to see the growing wave of support this and other heartbeat bills are receiving across the country,” Cain added. “If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.”

As of today, the following lawmakers have signed on to support the bill:

Joint Authors

Rep. Briscoe Cain

Rep. Phil King

Rep. Dan Flynn

Rep. Tan Parker

Rep. Rick Miller


Rep. C. “Doc” Anderson

Rep. Cecil Bell

Rep. Kyle Biedermann

Rep. Dwayne Bohac

Rep. Dustin Burrows

Rep. Travis Clardy

Rep. Tom Craddick

Rep. Sam Harless

Rep. Cody Harris

Rep. Cole Hefner

Rep. Justin Holland

Rep. Todd Hunter

Rep. Stephanie Klick

Rep. Matt Krause

Rep. Brooks Landgraf

Rep. Mike Lang

Rep. Jeff Leach

Rep. Ben Leman

Rep. Mayes Middleton

Rep. Jim Murphy

Rep. Candy Noble

Rep. Tom Oliverson

Rep. Jared Patterson

Rep. Dennis Paul

Rep. Four Price

Rep. Scott Sanford

Rep. Matt Shaheen

Rep. Hugh Shine

Rep. John Smithee

Rep. Drew Springer

Rep. Phil Stephenson

Rep. Jonathan Stickland

Rep. Lynn Stucky

Rep. Valoree Swanson

Rep. Ed Thompson

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Rep. Steve Toth

Rep. Terry Wilson

Rep. Bill Zedler

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens