Abortion; licensure of clinics. (SB437)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of abortion clinics. Requires all abortion clinics, defined as any facility other than a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center in which 25 or more first trimester abortions are performed in any 12-month period, to be licensed and to comply with the requirements currently in place for ambulatory surgery centers except the requirement for a certificate of public need. The Board of Health may also waive certain structural requirements. Read the Bill »


02/07/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086555338
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB437)
02/07/2008Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB894.


Kenton Ngo writes:

No, not yet. It was engrossed, vote is tomorrow.

Rachel M. writes:

This bill would obviously close clinics that provide women's health care and pre-natal care at low or no cost to women in need. Why is this a priority for law-makers?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that first-trimester abortions be performed in the more private and intimate setting of a doctor's office or abortion clinic, rather than in a hospital.

It seems that the desire to force personal moral beliefs on others outweighs the desire to help those in need.

Beth L. writes:

Hopefully this will not pass. This is the only medical procedure they are going to require this increase in "safety". You can have extensive plastic surgery or a colonoscopy with resection of polyps in a procedure room at a medical facility but not a D&C. You can have a hysteroscopy and essure blockage of your tubes in the office but not a D&C. And there is no data to suggest there is a health problem that need solving. A D&C is one of the safest and easy procedures to do.

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