You are important. In Michigan there are laws that were created for your protection if you choose to have an abortion. Knowing your rights is an important part of the decision making process. Your rights include:
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 for abortion services and the woman does not proceed with the abortion, the clinic would be required to refund these payments. If the clinic refused to refund these payments they would be in violation of the Informed Consent Law.
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 of the Informed Consent Law:
- A consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian
- A judicial waiver of parental consent
Minors must also comply with the 24 hour waiting law.