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Arkansas Bill Amending Laws Related to Abortion Clinics (HB 1428)

This law was last updated on Oct 23, 2017


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Arkansas

Number

HB 1428

Status

Current

Proposed

Feb 1, 2017

Sponsors

Co-sponsors: 31
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 33

Topics

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Full Bill Text

www.arkleg.state.ar.us

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.”

Clinic Inspections

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.

Related Legislation

Similar to SB 1050, which failed to pass in 2015.

STATUS

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.


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