AN ACT DIRECTING THAT PHYSICIANS WHO PERFORM DRUG-INDUCED ABORTIONS OFFER PATIENTS CERTAIN WRITTEN INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF A DRUG-INDUCED ABORTION AFTER THE FIRST DOSE OF MEDICATION IS ADMINISTERED AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO DISTRIBUTE CERTAIN WRITTEN MATERIALS TO EVERY PHYSICIAN WHO PERFORMS DRUG-INDUCED ABORTIONS.
Amends GS 90-21.83(a), setting forth printed materials the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is required to publish on the website created pursuant to GS 90-21.84. Adds new subdivision (3) to require the inclusion of materials designed to inform the woman about the possibility of reversing a drug-induced abortion to be published. Sets out the required format of the materials, and provides a statement that must be included with the materials. Adds new subsection (e) to require DHHS to cause to be available on the homepage of the website for the Women's Right to Know Act the information described in subsection (a), new subdivision (3). Makes conforming changes to subsection (b), which sets out format requirements for the materials required under subsection (a). Makes clarifying change to subsection (c) to require DHHS to make the materials required under subsection (a) available at no cost from DHHS upon request and in appropriate numbers to any physician, person, health facility, hospital, or qualified professional. Deletes the deadline set out in subsection (a).
Amends GS 90-21.82 (Informed consent to abortion). Current law prohibits an abortion from being performed upon a woman in North Carolina without her voluntary and informed consent. Current law also delineates several conditions that must be satisfied to constitute voluntary and informed consent, except in the case of a medical emergency. Adds new condition requiring any physician who prescribes, dispenses, or otherwise provides any drug or chemical for the purpose of inducing an abortion to, immediately after administering the first drug or chemical for the purpose of inducing an abortion, offer the patient the written information made available by DHHS pursuant to GS 90-21.83(a)(3), enacted above. Amends the third condition that must be satisfied, to require the woman, in the case of a drug-induced abortion, to certify in writing immediately after the administration of the first drug or chemical, that the information described in GS 90-21.83(a)(3) has been furnished to her and that she has had the opportunity to review the information referred to in subdivision (2)e of the statute.
Directs DHHS, within 90 days of the effective date of the act, to (1) publish on the homepage of the website for the Woman's Right to Know Act the information described in GS 90‑21.83(a)(3), as amended by this act and (2) make available at no cost from DHHS upon request, and in appropriate numbers to any physician, the printed materials described in subdivision (a)(3) of GS 90‑21.83, as amended by this act.
Includes a severability clause.
Except as otherwise provided, effective October 1, 2017.