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Sat Sep 16, 2023, 12:17 AM

MI: Bill would erase paperwork requirement that cancels 150 abortions each month

It happens almost daily in Michigan: abortion patients getting turned away from their scheduled appointments, because there’s a problem with their state-mandated paperwork.

“Pretty much every single day that I provide care, somebody’s care is not able to happen because of complications of that 24-hour consent process,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, an obstetrician-gynecologist and professor of reproductive health at the University of Michigan.

She’s talking about two of the current restrictions on abortion that remain in Michigan, even after Proposal 3 enshrined abortion rights in the state Constitution last year: 1) a mandatory 24-hour wait period, and 2) a signed “informed consent” form testifying the patient has reviewed required material about the procedure.

In practice, the two have been combined into a single form, accessible only through a state website, that patients must sign within a specific time frame (no more than two weeks, but no less than 24 hours, before their appointment), print and bring to their appointment.


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