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H.R. 581 (117th): Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2021

About the bill

Some states, like California, either don’t collect the information or don’t report it to the federal government.


State reporting of abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is optional, although the overwhelming majority of states do so. Only three states currently do not: California, Maryland, and New Hampshire.

Still, those three states total about 46.7 million people, or about 14 percent of the U.S. population because California is the most populous state.

What the bill does

The Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act would condition federal Medicaid money given to states for family planning services on the state reporting abortion data.

Specifically, it would require reporting of 10 data points, including the pregnant person’s age, race, ethnicity, marital status, previous pregnancies …

Sponsor and status

Ralph Norman

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Jan 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 28, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


65 Cosponsors (65 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congressman Mo Brooks Champions Pro-Life Legislation
    — Rep. Mo Brooks [R-AL5, 2011-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 16, 2021

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Jan 28, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 581 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 581. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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