Illinois Pregnancy Termination Centers Bill (HB 4393)
This law was last updated on Feb 12, 2018
HB 4393 would amend the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act to require the licensure of pregnancy termination specialty centers.
The bill defines “pregnancy termination center” to mean “any facility that performs 50 or more surgical abortions in one calendar year.”
The bill would require a pregnancy termination center to be licensed in order to operate in the state. Such centers would be required to comply with the following requirements:
- Mechanical ventilation devices and intubation equipment must be available on-site if intravenous sedation is used.
- If the facility does not meet the same requirements for ambulatory surgical treatment centers in regards to follow-up care, the medical director or a physician practicing at the pregnancy termination specialty center must have a professional working relationship or agreement, maintained in writing at the pregnancy termination specialty center and verifiable by the department, with a physician:
- who has admitting or practice privileges at a licensed hospital within 15 minutes of the pregnancy termination specialty center; and
- who will assume responsibility for all patients requiring such follow-up care.
- Adequate space must be provided to accommodate any equipment necessary.
- Each room where an abortion is performed must be at least 120 square feet in size.
- At least 3 recovery beds or lounge chairs must be required for each procedure room.
- The facility must provide for direct visual supervision of the recovery area for all patients.
- A toilet for patient use must be in the recovery area or in a location that does not require patients to enter public areas or other patient care areas in order to gain access from the recovery area.
- A scrub station is required outside the procedure room, unless the room contains a sink with hand washing capabilities.
- Facilities must be provided for closed clean storage that prevents contamination by soiled materials and for storage and handling of soiled linens and other soiled materials.
- Space must be provided for any changing or gowning that is required for procedures.
- Unless already centrally located, there must be a separate janitor’s closet for the surgical suite.
- A minimum corridor width of 5 feet and a minimum door width of 3 feet must be provided for all corridors and for all doors that are accessible to the public.
- Ceilings in procedure and recovery rooms must be cleanable, but are not required to be washable.
- The temperature in the facility must remain between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The bills goes on to detail requirements for ambulatory surgical treatment centers that would not apply to pregnancy termination specialty centers.
The bill would require the department to conduct at least one unannounced inspection at each pregnancy termination specialty center per year. If any violation is found, the department would be required to immediately inform any patient that may be threatened by such violation. The notice should include a description of the violation, the time frame of when it occurred, the location, and the potential health risks to the patient.