Legal Rights for Women Seeking Abortion

If you are considering abortion, you can protect your health and safety by knowing your legal rights.  You have the right to insist that the abortionist is a licensed physician.  You also have the right to know if the physician has ever had a history of malpractice or has ever had his/her license to practice suspended or revoked.  You need to know if you are injured during the procedure that you would be immediately transferred by ambulance to the nearest emergency hospital or trauma center.  You also have the right to decide against having an abortion regardless of age, marital status, or any other factor.  No one has the legal right to make you have an abortion (Patient Rights for Women Seeking Legal Abortions, Life Dynamics, Denton, Texas 76202).

Several laws are in place to protect you.  Before an abortion procedure, you must be given a written description of the abortion procedure you plan to undergo and images of an unborn baby the same gestational age of your unborn baby (MCL 333.17015).  The clinic is also required to give these materials to you 24 hours in advance of the procedure (MCL 333.17015).  Under law, you should be offered an ultrasound and be allowed to view your baby on the ultrasound screen before the abortion (MCL 333.17015).  You are also protected under the law in case you are injured by the abortion (infection, bleeding, additional treatment) (MCL 333.2835.2837).  The facility should be safe, clean, and sanitary (MCL 333.20115).

You also have the right to continue your pregnancy if you choose to, give birth, and then surrender your baby to a hospital, police, or fire station within 72 hours, anonymously, with no questions asked (MCL 712.1-3, 12.153).

 

THE PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN PROVIDES FREE ABORTION INFORMATION, PREGNANCY TESTS AND ULTRASOUNDS (SOME RESTRICTIONS) AS WELL AS LOW COST STD TESTING AND TREATMENT.  WE ARE HAPPY TO TALK MORE WITH YOU.  CONTACT US