AN ACT TO ENACT THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S PROTECTION ACT OF 2015.
Amends GS 14-45.1, when abortion not unlawful, as follows. Specifies that the abortion must be performed by an obstetrician or gynecologist (was, physician).
Requires specified records to be kept by physicians who advise, procure, or cause a miscarriage or abortion after the 16th week of a woman's pregnancy, including the method used by the physician to determine the gestational age of the unborn child at the time the procedure is to be performed, as well as certain ultrasound images. Provides that physicians that procure or cause a miscarriage or abortion after the 20th week of a pregnancy must record the findings and analysis on which the physician based the determination that continuance of the pregnancy would threaten the life or gravely impair the health of the woman. Provides that any information submitted to DHHS in accordance with the above provisions are to be used for statistical purposes only, protecting the confidentiality of the patient. Requires that DHHS collect statistical summary reports from ambulatory surgical facilities as well as hospitals and clinics. Effective January 1, 2016, and applies to abortions performed or attempted on or after that date.
Makes technical and conforming changes.
Amends GS 90-21.82 to increase the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Makes conforming changes to GS 90-21.86.
Amends GS 116-36.1, Regulation of institutional trust funds, to make all trust funds subject to GS 143C-6-5.5 (Limitation on use of State funds for abortions). Effective when the act becomes law.
Enacts new GS 116-36.7, prohibiting employees at the medical schools at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from performing or supervising an abortion as part of the employee's official duties. Allows exceptions for when the life of the mother is endangered if the child were carried to term, or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Effective when the act becomes law.
Amends GS 116-37 to prohibit using money from the UNC Health Care System for abortions. Prohibits state facilities created, owned, controlled, or managed by the UNC Health Care System from being used in the performance of abortions. Sets out exceptions. Effective when the act becomes law.
Amends GS 116-37.2, Regulation of University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill Funds, to make funds under the statute subject to GS 143C-6-5.5 (Limitation on use of State funds for abortions). Effective when the act becomes law.
Includes a severability clause. Effective when the act becomes law.
Unless otherwise indicated, effective October 1, 2015, and applies to abortions performed on or attempted on or after October 1, 2015.
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