The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has begun the process of conforming its administrative rules to the 2011 legislation requiring ultrasounds prior to performing an abortion. More specifically, Rule 59A-9.025, F.A.C. continues to allow abortion clinics to perform, in lieu of an ultrasound, urine or blood tests for pregnancy. The anticipated changes to the Rule would strike that language, effectively replacing it with a simple reference to the new ultrasound requirement for abortion clinics.
At this time, AHCA is soliciting public comment on the changes to the rule. The initial rule development workshop will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. − 11:30 a.m. at the AHCA building at 2727 Mahan Drive, Building 3, Conference Room C, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5407. Written comments can be sent to Kimberly A. Stewart, Division of Health Quality Assurance, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS# 31, Tallahassee, FL 32308.