Citizens Accountability Act
S.B. 27 – Sen. Rick Jones
S.B. 27 was introduced on January 22, 2015 and referred to the Senate committee on Health Policy.
P.A. 208 of 1999 requires doctors who treat a woman suffering from an abortion complication to report it to the state health department. The law is obviously not being followed as the reported rate of complications is .008%.
The Citizen Accountability Act would allow any individual who has knowledge of a woman being treated for an abortion complication to file a “Notice of Compliance” regarding Public Act 208. This notice would be filed simultaneously with the physician or facility treating the complication, the abortionist if he or she did not treat the complication, and the state Department of Community Health.
P.A. 208 of 1999 was passed in order to hold abortion providers to the same standards that other doctors are held and require them to report all complications from abortion. Doctors are required by law to report complications, omissions and accidents to the Department of Community Health. Abortion providers had not previously been required to report any complications, so studies have shown abortions as being extremely safe with very few complications.
There have been numerous reports of ambulances arriving at abortion clinics by sidewalk counselors, operation rescue and 40 days for life volunteers, yet the complication rates reported to the state remain consistent. This bill will seek to remedy the unrealistically low complication rates being reported by allowing those citizens with actual knowledge of a complication to report it.
Shortly after the reporting requirement contained in P.A. 208 of 1999 became effective, it was evident that the abortion providers and emergency room physicians were not complying with the law. Versions of the Citizens Accountability Act have been introduced for several legislative sessions. Due to P.A. 499 of 2012 which requires abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected, we are hopeful that the Citizens Accountability Act will pass this session.