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Arkansas Abortion Complications Reporting Requirements (SB 3)

This law was last updated on Aug 6, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




SB 3




Jan 14, 2019


Co-sponsors: 42
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 44


Physicians Reporting Requirements, Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

SB 3 requires physicians and health-care facilities to file a report within three days to the health department regarding each individual under their care who has been diagnosed or treated for a complication that may be the result of an abortion.

Any of the following would be considered an abortion complication:

  • shock;
  • uterine perforation;
  • cervical laceration;
  • hemorrhage;
  • aspiration or allergic response;
  • infection;
  • sepsis;
  • death;
  • incomplete abortion;
  • damage to the uterus; and
  • an infant born alive after an abortion procedure.

Each report of a complication must contain the following information:

  • the date of the abortion that may have caused the complication;
  • the type of abortion that may have caused the complication;
  • the gestational age of the fetus at the time of the abortion;
  • the name and type of health-care facility in which the abortion was performed;
  • the date the abortion complication was diagnosed or treated;
  • the name and type of any health-care facility (other than the reporting facility) in which the abortion complication was diagnosed or treated;
  • a description of the complication;
  • the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, state of residence, and county of residence;
  • the date of the first day of the patient’s menstrual period that occurred before the date of the abortion;
  • the number of previous live births of the patient; and
  • the number of previous induced abortions of the patient.

A physician or health-care facility that violates this provision would be charged $500 for each violation. After three separate violations, the physician or health-care facility may have their license revoked.

Latest Action

11/15/18 – Prefiled.

1/14/19 – Introduced; referred to Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

3/6/19 – Passed senate committee.

3/7/19 – Passed the Senate by a 28-6 vote.

3/27/19 – Passed the House by a 75-13 vote.

4/2/19 – Signed into law by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.