SB 73

85(1) - 2017
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Bryan Hughes

Bill Caption

Relating to reporting and certification requirements by certain physicians regarding certain abortions.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law a person may not perform an abortion during the third trimester except under certain circumstances, including the presence of a "severe and irreversible abnormality, identified by reliable diagnostic procedures". This bill would require that for any third trimester abortion performed under the physical abnormality exemption, the physician certify in writing the fetal abnormality identified by the physician. 

The bill also requires that for each abortion performed on a woman younger than 18 years old, the physician document in the woman's medical record and in required reporting the method for obtaining authorization for the abortion. Several allowable methods for obtaining authorization are enumerated in the bill.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This legislation deals with an issue which we consider to be primarily a social issue. We do not make vote recommendations on social issues and therefore remain neutral on this bill.