Missouri Abortion Clinic Inspection Law (SB 770)

State:

Number: SB 770

Status: Proposed

Proposed: January 23, 2014

Link: www.senate.mo.gov...

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Last updated May 1, 2014.

SB 770 would modify provisions relating to inspection of abortion facilities to require that the Department of Health and Senior Services do an annual on-site inspection and investigation of any ambulatory surgical center operated for the purpose of performing or inducing any second or third trimester abortions or five or more first trimester abortions per month. The department would be required to make its inspection and investigation reports available to the public with redactions of information not subject to disclosure under the law.

According to Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri:

Significant restrictions specifically targeting abortion providers are already on the law books in Missouri.

Currently, ANY provider that performs 5 or more first trimester abortions – surgical or medication – must be specifically licensed under the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) regulations by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Abortion providers are subject to extensive regulations related to personnel, physician qualifications record keeping, and a requirement that providers have hospital privileges so physicians are available to provide care for complications, in the rare event that they occur after an abortion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services already conducts surveys to ensure compliance with the state’s existing extensive health center regulations and the targeted restrictions of abortion providers.

STATUS

Voted “Do Pass” from Senate Judiciary Committee. Placed on Senate Calendar and awaiting perfection.

The provisions of this bill are contained in HB 1846.