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Late-Term Abortion Hospital Requirement

 H.B. 4146 - Rep. Thomas Hooker

 

Current Status
H.B. 4146 was introduced on February 5, 2015 and referred to the House Committee on Health Policy.


Description
This legislation would require that all abortions after 19 weeks gestation be performed in a hospital with a neonatal unit. Before performing these late term abortions, the physician must establish with the neonatal unit a protocol consistent with the Born Alive Infant Protection Act to provide appropriate medical care in the case of a live birth.

Background
While overall abortion numbers continue to decline in Michigan, the proportion of abortions at 20 weeks or greater is increasing. These late-term abortions have a much higher complication rate than first-trimester abortions, and at times result in live births. In spite of the risks to women and the possibility of delivering a live infant that will need medical care as required by the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, Michigan abortion data reveals that less than 10% of these abortions are performed in hospitals. The great majority are performed in abortion clinics that are not licensed as surgical facilities. Abortion clinics do not have the equipment or expertise to care for women who suffer complications, or for babies who survive the abortion attempt.

 

History

H.B. 4162 was introduced on January 31, 2013 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee. H. B. 4175 was introduced on  June 8, 2011, and referred to the House Health Policy Committee. S.B. 523 was introduced on June 23, 2011 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health Policy. No action on any of these bills was taken during the entire 2011-2012 or 2013-2014 sessions.

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