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Staff •
Center for Public Health Law Research

State abortion waiting period laws require an individual seeking abortion to wait a specified time period after receiving mandatory counseling, usually between 24 to 72 hours, before they can obtain the procedure. The mandatory counseling that must occur prior to obtaining an abortion goes beyond the customary informed consent that is generally required for all medical procedures, and sometimes includes misleading information regarding abortion.

 
Staff •
Center for Public Health Law Research

Most states have laws that require abortion providers to submit one or more of the following types of reports: general reports regarding abortion procedures; reports related to abortion complications; informed consent reports; medical emergency reports; and reports regarding a minor’s abortion. Some of the information that may be required to appear in the reports includes: demographic information about the patient; the gestational age of the fetus; the abortion procedure used; the patient’s reason for abortion; the patient’s pregnancy history; and the method of payment.

 
Aaron Gilson, MS, MSSW, PhD •
Sonderegger Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy
Martha Maurer, MSSW, MPH, PhD •
Sonderegger Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy

This new legal map on LawAtlas.org covers important features of state pain care-related laws and other regulatory policies.

 
Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH •
Health in Justice Action Lab
Sarah Seymour •
Health in Justice Action Lab

This legal map presents statutes and regulations that authorize the involuntary commitment of substance users, in effect as of March 1, 2018. It catalogs the statutory standards authorizing commitment, parties authorized to petition for a commitment, provisions surrounding clinical assessments, parameters of judicial review, time periods for commitment authorization, allowable treatment, and procedures for recommitment.

 

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