HB 2036 was passed and signed during the 2012 legislative session… tasking the ADHS with several things related to the regulation of abortions. Among them were requirements for us to: 1) Develop a parental informed consent form for minors seeking an abortion; 2) Establish a website with information identified in the Statute; and 3) Require abortion clinics to post signs stating that it’s unlawful for anyone to force a woman to have an abortion.
We’ve already finished the items above. Today we completed the last administrative step in implementing the Law. This morning we filed a final set of new Rules for abortion clinics in Arizona. The new Regulations will take effect on April 1, 2014, and will require:
- Ultrasound equipment in all abortion clinics;
- Physicians performing a medication abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital;
- Physicians performing a surgical abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic;
- Any medication used to induce an abortion to be administered in compliance with the FDA protocols as outlined in the printed label instructions;
- An RN, NP, LPN, or PA to be on site for monitoring and care after inducing a medication abortion if a physician isn’t present;
- Recovery room standards including immediate post procedure care for surgical abortions;
- Care standards that must be provided after inducing a medical abortion;
- Incident reporting including anything that requires ambulance transportation of the patient; and
- Patient follow-up standards.
We currently license 4 abortion clinics (3 in Phoenix and 1 in Tucson) and 5 outpatient treatment clinics authorized to perform abortion services (2 in Phoenix, 1 in Glendale, 1 in Tempe, and 1 in Tucson). These new standards will apply to each of the facilities beginning April 1.
BTW: We publish a comprehensive annual report with abortion statistics and demographic characteristics every year. The report presents data regarding elective abortions as well as complications resulting from an abortion. Last year’s report found a 7.4% year-to-year decrease in overall abortions in AZ.