|SB 0182||Requires consent 24-hours prior to an abortion and proof of financial responsibility to perform abortions|
|LR Number:||0290S.02I||Fiscal Note:||0290-02|
|Committee:||Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health|
|Last Action:||02/12/03 - Hearing Conducted S Aging, Families, Mental & Public||Journal page:|
SB 182 - This act requires informed consent at least twenty- four hours prior to an abortion and any person performing an abortion must provide proof of financial responsibility.
The current language of Section 188.039, RSMo, regarding consent is deleted. Except for a medical emergency, new language requires a physician to confer with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of the procedure at least twenty-four hours prior to the abortion. For an abortion induced by drugs, the conference must take place at least twenty-four hours before prescribing the drugs. The patient must be screened for risk factors prior to or during the conference.
At the conclusion of the conference, the physician and patient must each sign the consent form that certifies the screening and discussion. The form will become part of the patient's medical file and will remain confidential. The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services must develop a model consent form for physicians. However, lack of a model form will not affect the physician's duties to obtain consent.
A new Section 188.043 is created and requires any person performing an abortion to provide proof of financial responsibility to the Department. Proof of financial responsibility means any of the following:
Filing with the Department a written certificate for a medical malpractice insurance policy with limits of not less than five hundred thousand dollars per occurrence and one million dollars in the annual aggregate;
Filing with the Department a bond of a surety company with limits of not less than five hundred thousand dollars per occurrence and one million dollars in the annual aggregate;
Filing with the Department a certificate of the state treasurer attesting to the deposit of five hundred thousand dollars in cash or bonds.
The Department must annually receive verification that the insurance policy or surety bond is effective without any decrease in the amount of coverage or the amount of the bonds. Insurance and surety companies must provide notice to the Director of the Department within ten days prior to the cancellation of a medical malpractice insurance policy or a surety bond. Prior to any withdrawal, the state treasurer must receive a certificate from the Department verifying that proof of financial responsibility has been established by either a medical malpractice insurance policy or a surety bond.
Abortion facilities and hospitals are prohibited from employing any person performing abortions who has failed to furnish proof of financial responsibility.
The provisions of Section 188.043 will take effect on January 1, 2004.
This act is similar to SB 1056 (2002).