No Operating without a Clinic License

S.B. 573 - Sen. Judy Emmons


Current Status
S.B. 573 was introduced on Oct. 21, 2015 and referred to the Senate Oversight Committee. .


S.B. 573 states that an abortion clinic cannot continue to perform abortions without a current, valid license.


In 2012 the Prolife Omnibus bill was passed as P.A. 499 of 2012.  This law required abortion clinics to become licensed for the first time in over 40 years.  In addition, P.A. 499 also requires the licenses to be renewed every three years and for those facilities to submit to inspections. LARA, the licensing and regulatory affairs department, is charged with providing inspections and enforcing the rules required to maintain licensure. LARA has allowed some clinics to remain open and operational while they work to become compliant with the necessary licensing requirements.  This bill will reverse this practice and instead will require the clinic to remain closed until they meet all the requirements.


Abortion clinics have historically not had to meet any licensing requirements.  They were never subjected to inspections, and they didn't need to meet any particular standards. Because of the licensing law that was passed in 2012, most of the worst abortion clinics closed rather than submit to the new licensing requirements. Those that have remained open have had to submit to inspections and have had to bring their clinics up to code.  However, since these clinics and their operators are not accustomed to having to meet code standards, many of them have taken their time to become compliant and there is concern that as they need to become relicensed every three years, they may not do so in a timely fashion if they are allowed to remain open during the process.



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