SB 0070 Requires informed consent by a woman before the performance of an abortion
Sponsor:Yeckel Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:0451S.01I Fiscal Note:0451-01
Committee:Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health
Last Action:02/12/03 - Hearing Conducted S Aging, Families, Mental & Public Journal page:
Health Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SB 70 - This act requires informed consent by a woman before the performance of an abortion.

A new Section 188.041 requires a physician to inform the mother of the unborn child of all reasonably foreseeable risks of an abortion. The mother must be allowed sufficient time to consider such information. Prior to an abortion, the mother and physician must certify in writing that such information was discussed. A physician will be civilly liable to the mother and any other person sustaining loss or damages caused by failure to provide such information.

Currently, Section 188.080, RSMo, prohibits anyone but licensed physicians from performing abortions and imposes a penalty. This act modifies the penalty for any physician who does not have clinical privileges to provide OB/GYN care at a hospital located within thirty miles of the location at which the abortion is performed.

Section 197.200, RSMo, currently defines medical treatment facility terms. This act modifies the definition of "ambulatory surgical center" to include any establishment operated for the purpose of performing or inducing any second or third trimester abortions or at least five first trimester abortions per month.

This act is identical to SB 1135 (2002).