Arizona Bill Amending Abortion Reporting Requirements (SB 1394)
This law was last updated on Feb 24, 2018
SB 1394 would amend current reporting requirements for hospitals or facilities where abortions are performed.
The bill would require the following additional information be included in all reports of each abortion performed:
- The reason for the abortion, including at least one of the following:
- Economic reasons.
- The pregnant person does not want children at this time.
- The pregnant person’s emotional health is at stake.
- The pregnant person’s physical health is at stake.
- The pregnant person will suffer substantial impairment of a major bodily function if the pregnancy continues.
- The pregnancy was a result of rape.
- The pregnancy was a result of incest.
- The pregnancy resulted in fetal anomalies.
- Relationship issues, including abuse, separation, divorce and extramarital affairs.
- Unknown or the pregnant person refused to answer.
- Any known medical complication that resulted from the abortion, including at least one of the following:
- Uterine perforation.
- Cervical laceration requiring suture or repair.
- Heavy bleeding or hemorrhage with estimated blood loss of at least 500 cubic centimeters.
- Aspiration or allergic response.
- Postprocedure infection.
- Incomplete abortion retaining part of the fetus requiring re-evacuation.
- Damage to the uterus.
- Failed termination of pregnancy.
- Death of the patient.
- The medical specialty of the physician performing the abortion, including one of the following:
- General or family practice.
- Emergency medicine.
- The type of admission for the patient, including whether the abortion was performed:
- As an outpatient procedure in an abortion clinic.
- As an outpatient procedure at a hospital.
- As an inpatient procedure at a hospital.
- As an outpatient procedure at a health-care institution other than an abortion clinic or hospital.
- Whether anesthesia was administered to the pregnant person.
- Whether anesthesia was administered to the fetus.
Informed Consent Reporting Requirements
The bill would require any physician who provides informed consent or performs fetal ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services to submit a report that includes a breakdown of the information provided, the number of pregnant people who received such information or services, and what staff member actually provided the information or services (physician, referred physician, or any other qualified person).
The report would also need to include the number of abortions performed by the physician in which the information required to be provided at least 24 hours prior to the abortion was not provided due to a medical emergency.
The department of health and human services would be required to collect all abortion reports, complication reports, and informed consent reports, and prepare an annual statistical report. The report would need to include a breakdown by month of the reasons for abortions, as well as a breakdown by month of the number of abortions performed.
The report would also need to include statistics from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System containing the following information:
- The total number of abortions partially or fully paid for with state funds through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System;
- The total amount of state funds used to pay for the abortions and expenses incidental to the abortions; and
- The total number of abortions, if any, paid for with state funds and performed out of state.
Passed the senate on February 22, 2018, by a 17-13 vote.