Michigan's Informed Consent for Abortion Law
Michigan's Informed Consent for Abortion law was created by Public Act 133 of 1993. This law requires that certain information be made available to a woman who is seeking an abortion at least 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure. The information is designed to provide a woman with accurate and unbiased information on the procedure she is about to undertake.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been charged with developing and providing certain documents. The following are documents are required to be given to a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure:
- A prescreening summary on prevention of coercion to abort
- A written summary of the abortion procedure she will undergo.
- Depictions, illustrations or photographs of fetal development corresponding to the gestational age nearest the probable gestational age of the woman's fetus.
- Prenatal care information
- Parenting information
This law was amended by Public Act 345 of 2000 to allow this information to be provided on the internet solely through this department-sponsored website.
This law was also amended by Public Act 499 of 2012 and Public Act 149 of 2016 to assure that a woman seeking an abortion is informed that it is illegal to coerce a woman to have an abortion, that she will be asked about coercion before giving consent for the procedure and will be offered help if she is being threatened, intimidated or is being physically, emotionally or sexually harmed.
If you are seeking an abortion:
This website is designed to allow you to view the above-mentioned state-approved documents. You will need to view the written summary on coercion to abort, the written summary of the abortion procedure your physician has indicated you will undergo, and the fetal development information most closely matching the fetus' probable gestational age. You will then need to view the information on Prenatal Care and Parenting. You may, at your discretion, review the information for other abortion procedures, or the information on other stages of fetal development.
Once you have completed the review of all required documents, you will have the opportunity to print a confirmation form. Please note, in order to utilize this website to comply with the Michigan's Informed Consent for Abortion law, you must print the confirmation form and present that form to the physician or other qualified person assisting the physician. This is the only way to legally verify you have reviewed the state-approved information through this website.