Abortion Clinic Complaints - Know the Law

WERE you forced or pressured to have an abortion against your will?

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 State of Michigan. 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 State of Michigan.

Informed Consent Law - 24 Hour Waiting Period
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 must refund these payments if the woman does not proceed with the abortion.

Coerced Abortions Law
It's against Michigan law to coerce a woman into having an abortion. The clinic staff are required to ask women if they are being forced or pressured to have an abortion against their will. If a woman is being coerced, clinic staff must give them a referral to law enforcement or a domestic violence support agency.

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 consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian, or:

  • 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 medical professional performing the ultrasound must ask the patient:

  • If she would like to view the live ultrasound image of her baby, and

  • 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. Was the facility clean? Safe? 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 report it to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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

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

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