Arkansas Bill Amending Laws Related to Abortion Clinics (HB 1428)
This law was last updated on Oct 23, 2017
HB 1428 would amend laws concerning the performance of abortions and laws regarding abortion clinics.
Under the changes, abortion procedures would only be able to be performed by physicians, rather than “medical practitioners.”
Additionally, it would be unlawful for a person to knowingly terminate a pregnancy, rather than “willfully.”
The bill would require annual inspections of abortion facilities without prior notice or announcement. Inspections would include without limitation the facilities, equipment, procedures, techniques, medical records, informed consent signatures, parental consent signatures, and conditions of a clinic or similar facility.
HB 1428 would require abortion facilities to pay an annual fee of $500 for issuance of a permanent license.
The health department would be required to deny, suspend, or revoke licenses on the following grounds:
- The violation of law or rule; or
- The permitting, aiding, or abetting of the commission of any unlawful act in connection with the operation of the institutions.
The department would issue an immediate suspension of a license if an investigation or survey determines that:
- The applicant or licensee is in violation of any state law, rule, or regulation; and
- The violation or violations pose an imminent threat to the health, welfare, or safety of a patient.
The department would be required to give the applicant or licensee written notice of the immediate suspension. The denial, suspension, or revocation order would remain in effect until all violations have been corrected.
The bill would require any denial, suspension, or revocation order to remain in effect until all violations have been corrected.
Similar to SB 1050, which failed to pass in 2015.
Passed the house on February 13, 2017 by a 77-8 vote.
Passed the senate on February 27, 2017 by a 28-5 vote.
Approved by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 7, 2017.
- Frances Cavenaugh
- Bruce Coleman
- Jeff Williams
- Roger Lynch
- Aaron Pilkington
- Johnny Rye
- Les Warren
- Danny Watson
- Steve Hollowell
- Joe Jett
- Austin Mccollum
- Clint Penzo
- Jana Della Rosa
- Nelda Speaks
- Brandt Smith
- Marcus Richmond
- Justin Gonzales
- Mickey Gates
- Mary Bentley
- Blake Johnson
- Bob Ballinger
- Cecile Bledsoe
- Charlotte Vining Douglas
- David Meeks
- Andy Davis
- Jim Dotson
- Joe Farrer
- Mark Lowery
- Josh Miller
- John Payton
- Alan Clark