LD 760
Session - 126th Maine Legislature
LR 1189
Item 1
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An Act Regarding Informed Consent to an Abortion

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1599-A, sub-§2,  as enacted by PL 1993, c. 61, §4, is amended to read:

2. Informed consent.   To ensure that the consent for an abortion is truly informed consent, the attending physician shall inform the woman, orally and in writing in a manner that in the physician's professional judgment is not misleading and that will be understood by the patient, of at least the following:
A. According to the physician's best judgment she is pregnant;
B. The number of weeks elapsed from the probable time of the conception;
C. The particular risks associated with her own pregnancy and the abortion technique to be performed; and
D.  At the woman's request, alternatives Alternatives to abortion such as childbirth and adoption and information concerning public and private agencies that will provide the woman with economic and other assistance to carry the fetus to term, including , if the woman so requests, a list of these agencies and the services available from each . ;
E The name of the physician who is to perform the abortion;
F A description of the procedure to be used;
G Scientifically accurate information about the fetus;
H The possible availability of medical benefits for the woman during and after the pregnancy if the woman carries the fetus to term;
I The woman's undeniable right to see an ultrasound if an ultrasound was taken and the woman requests to see it; and
J The father's liability for support.


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.

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