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Monthly State Update:
MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN 2011

(as of 3/1/2011)

This update provides information on legislation, as well as relevant executive branch actions and judicial decisions in states across the country. For each of the topics listed below, the number of states in which legislation has been introduced is given, as are the names of the states in which subsequent action has been taken. Detailed summaries are provided for legislation that has been passed by at least one house of a legislature and for major court decisions; actions for the current month are in bold. For an archive of previous monthly updates, click here.  

As of the beginning of March, legislatures in 47 states (AL,AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI and WY) and the District of Columbia were in regular session. Two states (FL and LA) have not yet convened their regular sessions. One state legislature (VA) has adjourned its session.

For a state-by-state chart of legislation enacted in 2010, click here.

 

 

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ABORTION

Abortion Bans to Replace Roe

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Introduced in 15 states

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Passed at least one chamber in ND and VA

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House approved a bill that would ban abortion by defining a human being as an “an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development.” The bill, which would allow for lifesaving medical treatment and the use of contraceptives, is awaiting action in the Senate.

VIRGINIA: In February, a Senate committee defeated a measure that would have banned abortion by defining a human being within state law as “the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development.” The bill passed the House in February.

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Abortion Clinic Regulation

Requiring Abortion Providers to Have Hospital Privileges

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Introduced in 5 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in IN and MS

INDIANA: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would require an abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a hospital located in the same county as the abortion clinic or in an adjacent county. The bill, which would also amend the state’s parental consent law and abortion counseling requirements, is awaiting action in the Senate.

MISSISSIPPI: In January, the Senate approved a measure that would require any physician “associated with” an abortion facility to have admitting and staff privileges at a local hospital. The measure, which also would require any such physician to be board certified or eligible in obstetrics and gynecology, is awaiting action in the House.

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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Introduced in 13 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in VA

VIRGINIA: In February, the legislature adopted a measure that would classify any facility that provides more than five abortions per month as a hospital. The bill would also require the Board of Health to develop regulations for these facilities. The bill is awaiting action by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

VIRGINIA: In February, a Senate committee defeated a bill that would have required the state Department of Health to develop regulations for facilities that provide 25 or more first-trimester abortions during any 12-month period. The bill passed the House in February.

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers

''Choose Life' License Plates

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Introduced in 8 states

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Regulation of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Introduced in 4 states

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State Funding of Alternatives-to-Abortion Services

Introduced in 0 states

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Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Abortion Coverage in Health Plans Offered Through Health Exchanges

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Introduced in 19 states (These bills may overlap with bills in Private Insurance Coverage.)

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Passed at least one chamber in  AR, MT and VA

ARKANSAS: In January, the Senate passed a measure that would ban abortion coverage in the health insurance exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law unless the woman’s life is endangered. Additional abortion coverage could be purchased at an additional cost. Insurers would be required to notify enrollees of the cost of this coverage and to obtain the enrollee’s written verification that they want coverage for abortion. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

MONTANA: In February, the Senate passed a measure that would limit abortion coverage through the health insurance exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform legislation. Plans offered on the exchange may include coverage of abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

VIRGINIA: In February, a Senate committee defeated a measure that would have banned abortion coverage in the health insurance exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law except in cases of rape or incest that is reported to police. The bill passed the House in February.

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Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion

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Introduced in 11 states

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Public Funding of Abortion for Low-Income Women

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Introduced in 10 states

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Later Term Abortion

'Partial-Birth' Abortion

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Introduced in 4 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in KS

KANSAS: In February, the House adopted a measure that would further restrict provision of “partial-birth” abortions by removing the current law’s health exception and allowing the procedure only if the woman’s life is at risk. The bill would require an abortion provider and another physician who is unaffiliated with the provider to certify that the use of “partial-birth” abortion is necessary to save the woman’s life. The measure would also redefine “partial-birth” abortion to mirror the federal definition as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, which also includes provisions on postviability abortion, parental consent and counseling, and reporting requirements for abortions and minors’ judicial waivers, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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'Postviability' Abortion

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Introduced in 8 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in KS

KANSAS: In February, the House adopted an omnibus abortion measure that would define viability as the point in gestation when “the life of the child can be continued indefinitely outside the mother’s womb with natural or artificial life-supportive measures.” Current law considers a fetus viable when it “is capable of sustained survival outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary measures.” The bill, which also includes provisions on parental consent, counseling, “partial-birth” abortion, and reporting requirements for abortions and minors’ judicial waivers, is awaiting action in the Senate.  

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Restricts Abortion After Specific Gestational Age

Introduced in 16 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in KS

KANSAS: In February, the House passed a measure that would ban abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation based on the notion that a fetus can feel pain at that point of development. The bill would permit abortions at 20 weeks’ gestation in cases when the woman’s life is endangered or when there is a chance of “substantial and irreversible impairment” of her physical health, but the exception would specifically prohibit abortions performed to preserve a woman’s mental health. The bill, which also includes provisions on medical emergency exceptions and abortion reporting requirements, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Periods Before Abortion

State-Directed Counseling

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Introduced in 7 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in IN, KS, MT and ND

INDIANA: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would amend the state’s abortion counseling requirements and require an abortion provider to offer an ultrasound to a woman seeking an abortion. The bill would require that abortion counseling include information on fetal pain as well as statements that having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer and that personhood begins at conception. The bill, which would also amend the state’s parental consent law and require an abortion provider to have hospital admitting privileges, is awaiting action in the House.

KANSAS: In February, the House approved a measure that would expand abortion counseling to include a written statement that an abortion “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The bill, which also includes provisions on postviability abortion, parental consent and “partial-birth” abortion, and reporting requirements for abortions and minors’ judicial waivers, is awaiting action in the Senate.

MONTANA: In February, the House adopted a measure that would expand the state’s abortion counseling requirements.  The measure would require abortion counselors to inform women of any research showing that some groups of women (based on their “physical, psychological, demographic or situational” characteristics) may be at higher risk of complications associated with having had an abortion. The bill, which also includes an exception for abortions necessary due to a medical emergency, is awaiting action in the Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted an omnibus bill that would require the state to develop counseling materials that include information on the purported link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer and a statement that the state prefers childbirth to abortion. The measure would also require abortion providers to give the woman “any” information that a “reasonable person” would consider important when considering abortion. The measure, which also includes provisions on medication abortion, medical emergency, abortion reporting requirements and parental consent, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Fetal Pain

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Introduced in 4 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in IN

Defeated by one chamber in WY

INDIANA: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would amend the state’s abortion counseling requirements and require an abortion provider to offer an ultrasound to a woman seeking an abortion. The bill would require that abortion counseling include information on fetal pain as well as statements that having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer and that personhood begins at conception. The bill, which would also amend the state’s parental consent law and require an abortion provider to have hospital admitting privileges, is awaiting action in the House.

WYOMING: In January, the House defeated a measure that would have required a provider to inform a woman seeking an abortion after 19 weeks’ gestation of the purported ability of the fetus to feel pain and that fetal anesthesia is available. The measure, which also would have established an in-person counseling requirement with a 24-hour waiting period, is dead for the year.

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Requirements for State-Directed Counseling Followed by a Waiting Period

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Introduced in 7 states

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Passed at least one chamber in KY and SD

Defeated by one chamber in WY

KENTUCKY: In January, the Senate approved a bill that would require that a woman seeking an abortion receive counseling in person at least 24 hours prior to the procedure, thus requiring her to make two trips to the clinic. The bill, which would also require an ultrasound to be performed as part of the abortion procedure, is awaiting action in the House.

SOUTH DAKOTA: In February, the House approved a measure that would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain in-person counseling from the physician who will perform the procedure at least 72 hours prior to the abortion; it would also require her to make at least one visit to a crisis pregnancy center in the interim. (Currently, the state does not mandate in-person counseling, but requires the woman to wait 24 hours between counseling and the procedure.) The bill would also require abortion counselors to inform women of any research showing that some groups of women (based on their “physical, psychological, demographic or situational” characteristics) may be at higher risk of complications associated with having had an abortion. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

WYOMING: In February, a Senate committee defeated a measure that would have required a woman seeking an abortion to receive counseling in person at least 24 hours prior to the procedure, thus requiring her to make two trips to the clinic. The bill, which would have also required providers to offer an ultrasound to be performed as part of the abortion procedure, passed the House in February.

WYOMING: In January, the House defeated a measure that would have required a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 24 hours after receiving in-person counseling to receive an abortion, thus requiring her to make two trips to the clinic. The measure would have also required the provider to offer her an ultrasound and to provide information on the purported ability of a fetus to feel pain if the woman was seeking the abortion after 19 weeks’ gestation.

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Medical Emergency Exception in Abortion Law

Introduced in 17 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in KS and ND

KANSAS: In February, the House approved a measure that would ban abortions at 20 weeks’ gestation except in a medical emergency, and limit this exception to cases where a woman’s life is in danger or when the continuation of the pregnancy would cause a “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” The bill, which would also establish additional abortion reporting requirements, is awaiting action in the Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted an omnibus bill that would narrow the so-called emergency exception clause in existing state law that allows abortion providers to bypass state requirements, such as a mandated waiting period, in cases when the woman’s life is endangered or if she is at risk of “substantial or irreversible physical impairment.” The bill would specify that the emergency exception could not be invoked because the provider believes the woman may commit suicide or otherwise injure herself. The bill, which includes provisions on abortion counseling, medication abortion, abortion reporting requirements and parental consent, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Medication Abortion

Introduced in 9 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in AZ and ND

ARIZONA: In February, the House approved a measure that would prohibit prescribing medication for abortion remotely through telemedicine. The bill, which also would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, is awaiting action in the Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted an omnibus bill that would require that medication for abortion be administered only by a physician and that the physician and the woman be in the same room when the medication is provided, effectively eliminating the option of using telemedicine. The measure also requires the abortion provider to use the FDA approved protocol when providing a medication abortion and contract with a second physician with admitting rights at a local hospital to handle complications. The measure would also require the abortion provider to contract with a second physician with admitting rights at a local hospital to handle complications. The measure, which also includes provisions on abortion counseling, medical emergency, abortion reporting requirements and parental consent, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Parental Involvement in Minor's Abortions

Parental Consent Requirements

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Introduced in 11 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in IN, KS, MS and ND

INDIANA: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would require a minor seeking a court order to waive the state’s parental consent requirement to petition a court in either her county of residence or the county where the abortion clinic is located. The bill would also prohibit abortion clinic staff or anyone associated with the clinic from assisting a minor in obtaining the waiver. The bill, which would also amend the state’s abortion counseling requirements and require an abortion provider to have hospital admitting privileges, is awaiting action in the House.

KANSAS: In February, the House adopted an omnibus abortion measure that would require notarized written consent from two parents before a minor obtains an abortion.  Consent of both parents would not be required if they are divorced, a parent is unavailable to give consent or if the minor is pregnant as a result of sexual abuse by the male parent or guardian. Kansas law currently requires the abortion provider to notify a parent about the abortion. The bill would also mandate that a judge use specific criteria to determine if there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the minor is sufficiently mature or that the abortion is in her best interests prior to waiving the state’s parental consent requirement. The bill, which also includes provisions on postviability abortion, counseling and “partial-birth” abortion, and reporting requirements for abortions and minors’ judicial waivers,  is awaiting action in the Senate.  

MISSISSIPPI: In January, the Senate passed a bill that would make it a crime to intentionally assist a minor in obtaining an abortion without the parental consent mandated by state law, even if the procedure was performed in a state where parental involvement was not required. The bill would also mandate the reporting of sexual abuse of a child and require the preservation of fetal tissue in the case of some minors’ abortions. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted an omnibus bill that would require a judge to determine if there is “clear and convincing evidence” that a minor is sufficiently mature or if the abortion is in her best interests prior to waiving the state’s parental consent requirement. The bill would also allow the court to release statistical information about waiver petitions. The measure, which also includes provisions on abortion counseling, medication abortion, medical emergency and abortion reporting requirements, is awaiting action in the Senate.

 

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Parental Notification Requirements

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Introduced in 10 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MT

MONTANA: In February, the Senate passed a measure that would require abortion providers to notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion 48 hours before the procedure is performed. The bill would allow the minor to seek a court order to waive the requirement and permit an abortion without notification in the case of a medical emergency. Montana’s current parental notification law is enjoined. The bill, which also prohibits coercing a minor to have an abortion, is awaiting action in the House.

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Physicians

Physician Liability

Introduced in 0 states

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Physician-Only Requirements

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Introduced in 3 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MS

MISSISSIPPI: In January, the Senate approved a measure that would require any physician “associated with” an abortion clinic to be board certified or eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The bill, which also would require physicians to have admitting and staff privileges at a local hospital, is awaiting action in the House.

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Prohibiting Coercing a Woman into Having an Abortion

Introduced in 4 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MT

MONTANA: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would make it a crime for a parent, guardian or any other person to coerce a minor into having an abortion. The bill, which would also require parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion, is awaiting action in the House.

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Protecting Access

Clinic Access

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Introduced in 2 states

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Ensuring Legal Access to Abortion

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Introduced in 4 states

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Reporting Requirements

Abortion Reporting

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Introduced in 16 states

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Passed at least one chamber in KS and ND

KANSAS: In February, the House approved an omnibus abortion measure that would expand the state’s abortion reporting requirements for abortions performed after 21 weeks’ gestation. In the case of a later-term abortion, the reporting form would require the abortion provider and another physician who is unaffiliated with the provider to certify the need for the abortion and provide detailed information on the medical diagnosis necessitating the procedure. The bill would also permit district and county attorneys to have access to women’s confidential information. The bill, which includes provisions on postviability abortion, parental consent, reporting requirements for minors’ judicial waivers, counseling and “partial-birth” abortion, is awaiting action in the Senate.   

KANSAS: In February, the House approved a measure that would revise the state’s abortion reporting requirements for abortions performed after 19 weeks’ gestation.  The measure would require providers to report the specific medical diagnosis that necessitated the later-term abortion. The bill, which also would limit abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation and expand abortion reporting requirements, is awaiting action in the Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted an omnibus bill that would require abortion providers to report “adverse events” from medication abortion to the state and to submit reporting forms within 24 hours of an abortion procedure. The bill, which also includes provisions on abortion counseling, medication abortion, medical emergency and parental consent, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Minors Reporting

Introduced in 3 states

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Passed at least one chamber in KS

KANSAS: In February, the House adopted an omnibus abortion measure that would require judges to give the Department of Health information on the number of cases where a minor petitioned for a court waiver of parental consent and the number of waivers that were granted. The bill, which also includes provisions on abortion reporting requirements, postviability abortion, parental consent, counseling and “partial-birth” abortion, is awaiting action in the Senate.  

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Self-Induced Abortion

Introduced in 1 state

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Sex and Race Selection

Introduced in 4 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in AZ

ARIZONA: In February, the House approved a measure that would criminalize the provision of an abortion if the provider knows the reason for the abortion is related to the race or gender of the fetus. The bill, which would also prohibit coercing a woman into an abortion based on race or gender, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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State Employee and Facility Participation in Abortion

Introduced in 4 states

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Passed at least one chamber in AZ

ARIZONA: In February, the House approved a bill that would prohibit state universities from using state or federal funds to train abortion providers. The measure, which would also prohibit citizens from claiming a tax credit for donations to any organization that “provides, pays for, promotes, provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions,” is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Ultrasound Requirements

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Introduced in 14 states

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Passed at least one chamber in AZ, KY and TX

ARIZONA: In February, the House approved a bill that would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound at least one hour before obtaining an abortion. The measure would also require providers to offer the woman the option to view the ultrasound image, listen to the fetal heartbeat, receive a verbal description of the image and receive a picture of it. The bill, which also would prohibit medication for abortions from being prescribed remotely through telemedicine, is awaiting action in the Senate.

KENTUCKY: In January, the Senate approved a measure that would require an abortion provider or a certified technician to perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion. The provider would be required to display and describe the ultrasound image to the woman, although the woman would be permitted to avert her eyes from the image. The measure would also require that a woman seeking an abortion receive in-person counseling at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

TEXAS: In February, the Senate approved a measure that would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound and be given the opportunity to view the image and hear a description of it. The measure, which would allow survivors of sexual assault and incest, as well as those ending their pregnancy because of an irreversible fetal abnormality, to opt out of the ultrasound, is awaiting action in the House.

 

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ADOLESCENTS

Minors Access to Reproductive Healthcare

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Introduced in 5 states

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Passed at least one chamber in UT

UTAH: In February, the House passed a measure that would allow a minor who is married, emancipated, a parent or pregnant to consent to immunizations against communicable diseases. However, parental consent would be required for most minors requesting the HPV vaccine. The bill also stipulates that the physician would not be required to provide immunizations to the minor. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

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Sex Education

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Introduced in 27 states

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Passed at least one chamber in MS, MT, ND and VA

MISSISSIPPI: In February, the House adopted a measure that would require school districts to provide sex education, either through abstinence-only or abstinence-plus programs. Although current law does not require every school to provide sex education, it mandates that any sex education provided in a school teach that sex is only appropriate within marriage and include the “likely negative psychological and physical effects of not abstaining.” The measure would require all districts to meet the current requirements related to abstinence, but would also allow them to include other subjects, such as contraception and STIs. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

MONTANA: In February, the House adopted a measure that would require parental consent before sex education is provided. The school would also be required to notify parents that sex education will be taught and inform them about the content of the instruction. The bill also prohibits the use of materials or instruction from organizations that are affiliated with abortion services. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

NORTH DAKOTA: In February, the House adopted a measure that would require health education to include information on abstinence. Currently, the state does not have a policy on sex education. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

VIRGINIA: In February, the legislature adopted a measure that would include the topics of dating violence and abusive relationships in family life education. The bill is awaiting action by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

VIRGINIA: In February, a House committee defeated a bill that would have mandated that schools provide sex education. The education would have been required to have the goals of reducing teen pregnancy and STI incidence and be medically accurate and age appropriate. The bill passed the Senate in February.

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Statutory Rape Reporting

Introduced in 3 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MS

MISSISSIPPI: In January, the Senate passed a measure that would include reproductive health clinic staff and volunteers among those individuals who are charged with reporting sexual abuse of a child. The measure would also require a physician performing an abortion on a minor younger than 14 to provide a tissue sample to the state bureau of investigation. The bill, which would also criminalize assisting a minor seeking an abortion without parental consent, is awaiting action in the House.

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CONTRACEPTION & PREVENTION

Abortion-Related Restrictions on State and Family Planning Funds

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Introduced in 8 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in CO

COLORADO: In February, the legislature passed a supplemental budget bill that continues a longstanding prohibition of giving state family planning funds to organizations that provide abortion services with their own funds. The bill is awaiting action from Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

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Definitions of Contraception

Introduced in 1 state

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Emergency Contraception

Allowing Pharmacists to Provide Emergency Contraception without a Prescription

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Introduced in 0 states

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Emergency Contraception Services for Sexual Assault Victims

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Introduced in 6 states

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Restricting Access to Emergency Contraception

Introduced in 0 states

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Insurance Coverage

Contraceptive Coverage

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Introduced in 3 states

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HPV Tests and Vaccine Coverage

Introduced in 2 states

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Medicaid Family Planning Eligibility Expansions

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Introduced in 7 states

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Parental Involvement Requirements for Minors Seeking Contraceptive Services

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Introduced in 0 states

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Partner Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Introduced in 1 state

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Pharmacy or Pharmacist Requirements to Dispense Contraception

Introduced in 6 states

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PREGNANCY & BIRTH

Fetal and Pregnant Woman Assault

Introduced in 14 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MT

MONTANA: In February, the House passed a measure that would criminalize assaulting a fetus or a pregnant woman that the perpetrator knew or should have known was pregnant. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

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HIV Testing of Infants and Pregnant Women

Introduced in 6 states

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Infant Abandonment

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Introduced in 7 states

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Infertility Coverage

Introduced in 9 states

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Non-Medical Use of Ultrasound

Introduced in 1 state

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Stillbirth Certificates

Introduced in 7 states

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Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

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Introduced in 13 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in CO

COLORADO: In February, the legislature passed a measure that would allocate $2 million for drug treatment for pregnant women. The bill is currently in conference committee.

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REFUSAL CLAUSES

Abortion Services

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Health Professionals

Introduced in 6 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in KY

KENTUCKY: In February, the Senate adopted a measure that would expand the state’s refusal clause to allow any person, employer or health care provider to refuse to be directly or indirectly involved with abortion services. Currently, hospitals and some health care providers may refuse to participate in abortion. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

Allowing Insurers to Refuse

Introduced in 2 states

 

Allowing Pharmacists or Pharmacies to Refuse

Introduced in 5 states

 

Allowing Facilities to Refuse

Introduced in 3 state

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Contraceptive Services

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Health Professionals

Introduced in 3 states

 

Allowing Insurers to Refuse

Introduced in 2 states

 

Allowing Pharmacies or Pharmacists to Refuse

Introduced in 5 states

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General Medical Care

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Health Professionals

Introduced in 2 states

 

Insurers

Introduced in 2 states

 

Pharmacists or Pharmacies

Introduced in 2 states

 

Facilities

Introduced in 2 states

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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

Introduced in 20 states

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Dioxin

Introduced in 0 states

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Flame Retardants

Introduced in 6 states

Bill Status:

Passed at least one chamber in MD

MARYLAND: In February, the Senate adopted a measure that would sharply curtail use of a widely used flame retardant (decabrominated diphenyl ether or decaDBE) in products manufactured, leased, sold or distributed in the state. The ban would be fully in place by 2014. The bill is awaiting action in the House.

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Lead

Introduced in 11 states

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Mercury

Introduced in 20 states

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Parabens

Introduced in 0 states

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Pesticides

Introduced in 6 states

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Phthalates

Introduced in 4 states

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