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Informed Patient Consent

by Rep. Sullivan and others (CS/SB 724 by Fiscal Policy Committee and Senators Flores and Gaetz)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Health Policy Committee (HP)

The bill amends s. 390.0111, F.S., to require that the information currently required to be presented by a physician to a pregnant woman in order to obtain informed consent from the pregnant woman before performing an abortion must be presented while in the same room as the woman and at least 24 hours before the procedure. The bill allows a physician to perform an abortion less than 24 hours after presenting the required information upon request of the pregnant woman if she presents a restraining order, police report, medical record, or other court order or documentation evidencing she is obtaining the abortion because she is a victim of rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2015.

Vote: Senate 26-13; House 77-41