Alabama Bill Amending Informed Consent Requirements (HB 52)
This law was last updated on Jan 16, 2018
HB 52 would amend informed consent requirements to require abortion providers to inform pregnant patients of their right to withdraw consent to an abortion before the abortion is performed.
Such notification should be provided orally and in writing and state the following:
“YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT HAVING AN ABORTION AT ANY TIME. IF YOU ARE HAVING A SURGICAL ABORTION, YOU MAY CHANGE YOUR MIND AND RECEIVE A FULL REFUND OF FEES YOU HAVE PAID FOR THE PROCEDURE UP UNTIL YOUR UNBORN CHILD IS ABORTED. IF YOU ARE RECEIVING AN ABORTION BY MEDICATION, YOU MAY CHANGE YOUR MIND AND RECEIVE A FULL REFUND OF FEES YOU HAVE PAID UP UNTIL THE TIME YOU LEAVE THE ABORTION FACILITY WITH THE MEDICATIONS.”
If a pregnant person withholds or withdraws their consent for an abortion before it is performed, they would be entitled to a refund of fees if they do so according to the notice above. Any fees collected would be required to be refunded within three business days after the date of cancellation.
If an abortion provider fails to comply with these provisions they would be subject to civil penalties of at least $10,000 in damages. Any civil action under this provision must be instituted within two years of the date of the failure to comply.