Filing an Abortion Clinic Complaint

HAVE you been physically harmed by an abortion doctor?

WAS the facility substandard in terms of cleanliness?

DID the clinic personnel fail to give you a written description of the actual abortion procedure or a picture of an unborn baby the same gestational age as your baby?

DID the clinic comply with the law, by waiting the required 24 hours before performing the procedure?

DID the clinic personnel fail to give you information concerning what to do or where to go if complications arose from the abortion?

DID the clinic fail to ask you if you wanted to see the ultrasound of your baby, if one was performed?

DO you know someone under the age of 18, who unlawfully obtained an abortion without her parent's written consent or a judicial bypass?

These are all violations of the law and must be reported to the health department. If you suspect that a law has been violated, please continue.

Laws That May Have Been Violated

Review a summary of the following laws to help you decide if a violation has occurred. If you are unsure whether a law has been broken, call the Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Office in Lansing at 517-487-3376.

Once you have determined that a law was indeed violated, you may proceed to file a complaint with the Bureau of Health Services using this web site.

Informed Consent law - 24 Hour Waiting Period

The public health code states that a patient considering an abortion must be provided all of the following at least 24 hours prior to an abortion being performed:

A medically accurate depiction, illustration or photograph of a fetus at the probable gestational age of the fetus the woman is carrying.

A written description of the medical procedure that will be used to perform the abortion

A prenatal care and parenting information pamphlet.

Information about what to do and whom to contact in the event that complications arise from the abortion.

Information pertaining to available pregnancy related services

A clinic may not collect any type of payment during this waiting period. If payments are made in advance and the clinic refuses to refund these payments if the woman does not proceed with the abortion, this is also a violation.

If any one of these protocols was not provided, or if the abortion was performed prior to a full 24 hour waiting period, the clinic may be in violation of the public health code.

Parental Consent law

If an abortion was performed on a female under the age of 18 without one of the following, the clinic would be in violation:

a) A consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian

b) A judicial waiver of parental consent

Minors must also comply with the 24 hour waiting law.

Ultrasound Viewing law

If an ultrasound was performed on the patient prior to the abortion, the physician or the physician's assistant performing the ultrasound must ask the patient:

a) If she would like to view the live ultrasound image of her baby

b) If she would like to take a print copy of the image with her

If the patient was not given the option to look at the screen, it would be in violation of the law.

Clinic Regulations law

This law requires abortion facilities to be inspected for health code violations.

a) Was the facility clean?

b) Was the facility substandard in providing health care?

Abortion Complications Reporting law

This law requires that a physician treating a woman for complications resulting from an abortion, to report it to the health department.

Was she physically hurt by a doctor? If so, she should file a complaint with the health department, which could lead to an investigation of the physician and to a possible license suspension.

If the physician is suspected of negligence or malpractice, in addition to filing a complaint, the patient has the option to sue for medical malpractice.

Go to Questions and Answers page and File a Complaint for easy step by step instructions.

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