From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
WASHINGTON — Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), along with Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC), has introduced H.R. 3580, the Ensuring Accurate & Complete Data Reporting Act. H.R. 3580 seeks to improve the reporting of abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
“Accurate and transparent reporting on abortion and children who survive abortion attempts is essential to public health research and to determining sound policy,” said Palmer. “Reporting abortion data has been voluntary for too long, and this has led to states withholding many data points routinely requested by the CDC. We must standardize and enforce reporting processes in this area and ensure that states have necessary assistance in collecting the required abortion data. States should not be allowed to distort or provide faulty data in an effort to cover up the true numbers of innocent lives lost by abortion.”
If passed, H.R. 3580 would mandate accurate reporting of abortion data to the CDC and ensure that states are given technical assistance to help with data collection. Required data points would include number of abortions and number of children who survive abortion attempts in said state. States that withhold or falsify such information would be penalized by losing eligibility for family planning services funding from Medicaid for a time.