An Act Regarding Informed Consent to an Abortion
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1599-A, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 61, §4, is amended to read:
Current law requires the attending physician of a woman seeking an abortion to obtain the informed written consent of the woman and requires specific information, such as the number of weeks elapsed from the time of conception, the risks associated with the abortion and, at the woman's request, alternatives to abortion. This bill specifies that the information must also be conveyed to the woman orally, removes the requirement that the woman request information about alternatives and requires additional information to be conveyed, including the name of the physician performing the abortion, scientifically accurate information about the fetus and the father's liability for support.