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Senate Bill 0371


Senate Bill 0371

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF SB 371 (Updated April 11, 2013 11:41 am - DI 84)


Abortion inducing drugs and abortion clinics. Amends the definition of "abortion" to include abortions by surgical procedures and by abortion inducing drugs. Amends the definition of "abortion clinic" to, beginning January 1, 2014, include facilities that provide abortion inducing drugs. Prohibits the state department of health (state department) from exempting an abortion clinic seeking licensure after December 31, 2013 from licensure requirements. Specifies that an abortion inducing drug may not be dispensed, prescribed, administered, or otherwise given to a pregnant woman after nine weeks of postfertilization age unless the Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug to be used later than nine weeks. Requires a physician to examine a pregnant woman in person before prescribing or dispensing an abortion inducing drug. Requires that the written certification required of a pregnant woman before undergoing an abortion be on a form developed by the state department. Requires the state department to develop an informed consent brochure and post the brochure on the state department's web site. Requires the abortion provider to distribute the brochure to a patient in color and with specified information included on the back cover. Requires the abortion provider to be the one to perform pre-abortion fetal ultrasound imaging and auscultation of the fetal heart tone. Provides that if the pregnant woman does not want to listen to the auscultation of the fetal heart tone, the woman must certify to that in writing and on a form developed by the state department.
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