March 31, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Licensing of Abortion Clinics
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes new restrictions on abortion clinics.
Establishes that each abortion facility must be inspected at least twice a year, and that at least one of these inspections shall be made without providing prior notice to the facility (Sec. 5).
Establishes that if the secretary of the Department of Health and Environment determines that an abortion facility is in violation in any applicable law, rule, or regulation, then he/she may deny, suspend, or revoke the license of the facility or he/she may decide to fine the facility (Sec. 6).
Requires an abortion of an unborn child of a gestational age of 22 weeks or more to be performed in a hospital or surgical center that has been licensed to perform abortions (Sec. 7).
Establishes that the person who induces or performs an abortion must be a physician with clinical privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles of the facility in which he performs abortions (Sec. 8).
Requires another individual besides the physician to be present in a room in which a pelvic examination is taking place, and if the physician is a male, the other individual must be a female (Sec. 9).
Requires that the physician who prescribes, dispenses, or provides any abortion-inducing drug to administer the taking of the drug and be physically present in the same room with the patient during this process (Sec. 10).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.