Stiffer abortion regulations will soon be the law of the land across Texas.
But the Department of State Health Services still needs to approve how the legislation will be implimented.
"What we're doing is taking the information that lawmakers agreed on back during session and we're putting that into practice,” Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State Health Services said.
Drafts of the rules were handed out prior to a public hearing on Monday in which 43 people signed up to comment.
Some wanted to make sure the rules are approved as written.
"They could put in such lax rules that the law really has almost no effect,” anti-abortion advocate Brian McAuliffe said.
Planned Parenthood representatives—who have argued in the past the new legislation does nothing to protect women's health—also weighed in.
"We are just urging the health department to move carefully and focus cautiously on the impact of this,” Sarah Wheat with Planned Parenthood said. “We hope they'll really lean on medical professionals to guide this process."
Health officials say the rules were drafted to coincide with the legislation as closely as possible, but public input will be considered before passing the rules forward.
"The council can really choose any part of the rule they want to adjust or discuss further, but at the end of the day, we have to follow the letter of the law and that's what we're doing," Williams said.
The council will vote on the rules on Thursday. From there, they go to the executive commissioner. Additional public comment will open up at that point.
The rules will then be given the final green light.