Wyoming Bill Establishing Additional Abortion Reporting Requirements (HB 103)
This law was last updated on Feb 7, 2019
HB 103 would establish additional requirements for abortion reporting.
Current law requires the state office of vital records to be maintain an abortion reporting form for physicians to fill out for each procedure.
The bill would require the form to include the following additional information:
- The age, race, ethnicity, and marital status of the pregnant patient (current law only requires age);
- The type of procedure, including but not limited to surgical abortion, intrauterine instillation, hysterectomy, hysterectomy or medical abortion through a nonsurgical procedure administered by a pharmaceutical agent; and
- The gestational age of the aborted fetus or embryo in completed weeks at the time of the abortion, and the length and weight of the aborted fetus or embryo, when measurable (current law only requires length and weight).
The bill would prohibit the form from including the name or address of the pregnant person or any other common identifiers including a social security number, driver’s license number or any other information that would tend to disclose the identity of the pregnant person.
Under this bill, a physician who fails to submit a report by the end of 30 days following the due date established by the office of vital records services would be subject to a late fee of $1,000 for each additional 30 day period or portion of a 30 day period the report is overdue.
Any physician who fails to submit a form, or submits an incomplete form, more than six months after the abortion is performed, may be directed by the board of medicine to submit a complete form within a period states by the board or be subject to disciplinary action.
Intentional or reckless failure by any physician to conform to any requirement of this provision, other than filing a late report, or intentional or reckless failure to submit a complete report would be unprofessional conduct.
Intentional falsification of a report would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year imprisonment and/or a fine up to $1,000.
The office of vital records would be required to hold compilations of the information submitted on the abortion reporting forms in strict confidence and should only be made available to the attorney general or district attorney.
The office of vital records would be required to issue a public report, no later than June 30, providing statistics for the previous calendar year compiled from all the reports covered that year.
1/9/19 – Bill number assigned.
1/30/19 – Introduce.
1/31/19 – Passed out of committee by a 5-4 vote.
2/6/19 – Passed the state House by a 38-21 vote.