Georgia Bill Regarding Abortion Statistics and Reporting Requirements (HB 555)
This law was last updated on Jul 1, 2016
As introduced, HB 555 would amend current legislation regarding abortion reporting statutes. The bill would require the Juvenile Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to compile and provide statistics to the Department of Public Health regarding minors who seek an abortion and do not want to notify their parents.
The bill would amend current legislation and extend reporting requirements for every abortion performed in the state. Currently, only physicians who perform abortions in health facilities licensed by the Department of Community Health are required to deliver reports to the Department of Health.
Reporting requirements include:
- Statistics on patients and referrals;
- Statistics on women that accepted printed informational materials;
- The number of females who were provided the opportunity to view the fetal image and hear the fetal heartbeat; of that number, the number who elected to view the sonogram and the number who elected to listen to the fetal heartbeat, if present.
Signed by Governor. Law will go into effect July 1, 2016.
The amended version that was signed into law no longer includes the extended reporting requirements. The law will only focus on requiring the Juvenile Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to compile and provide statistics to the Department of Public Health regarding minors who seek an abortion and do not want to notify their parents.