Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Palmer introduces bill to ensure accurate abortion reporting data

If passed, the bill would mandate accurate reporting of abortion data to the CDC.

Alabama Republican Congressman Gary Palmer.

Alabama Republican Congressman Gary Palmer and Congressman Ralph Norman, a South Carolina Republican, have introduced the Ensuring Accurate and Complete Data Reporting Act, a bill seeking to improve the reporting of abortion data to the CDC.

“Accurate and transparent reporting on abortion and children who survive abortion attempts is essential to public health research and to determining sound policy,” Palmer said. “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 ensure that states are providing accurate information regarding abortions and the children who survive them. This bill would ensure that states cannot distort or provide faulty data in an effort to cover up the true numbers of innocent lives lost by abortion.”

“I want to thank Rep. Gary Palmer for his leadership on this important issue,” Norman said. “This legislation will incentivize states to accurately report their abortion data to the CDC, increase transparency, and ultimately help Congress exercise effective oversight of these taxpayer-subsidized family planning programs.”

If passed, the bill would mandate accurate reporting of abortion data to the CDC. It would also offer technical assistance with data collection at the state level.

The bill would require that data points include the number of abortions and the number of children who survive abortion attempts in each state. States that withhold or falsify such information would be penalized by losing eligibility for family planning services funding from Medicaid for a time.

Moving any sort of abortion legislation will be difficult with Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress as well as the White House.

Palmer represents Alabama’s 6th Congressional District. This is his fourth term serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

More from the Alabama Political Reporter


Brooks claims that during his last term there were only "two Republicans you could count on" in Alabama's delegation.

Featured Opinion

Expanding healthcare access relies on a funding source. Alabama's only current option - gambling revenue - could soon be off the table.

Featured Opinion

Brooks' past performance shows Mo is for Mo and not the Republican Party.


Advocates met with congressional leaders to draw attention to and discuss actionable solutions to housing affordability challenges.


Inaction has left more than 220,000 Alabamians in a health coverage gap.


A family who lost their home of 50 years to the Jan. 12 storm and tornado outbreak will be Sewell's special guest.


Britt is the only freshman Senator to serve on the powerful appropriations committee.


Carl said he is thrilled to serve on the "critical subcommittees" and "ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely."