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Alabama Abortion Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Abortion Laws

Code Section 13A-13-7; 26-21-1 to 8; 22-5
Statutory Definition of Illegal AbortionWillfully administers by drug, substance, instrument which induces abortion or miscarriage. Partial Birth Abortion (26-23-1 to 26-23-6): Any physician who performs a partial birth abortion within this state and thereby kills a human fetus shall be guilty of a Class C felony and upon conviction shall be punished as prescribed by law. (except to save life of mother.)
Statutory Definition of Legal AbortionNecessary purpose to preserve life, health of mother or where fetus is not viable
Penalty for Unlawful AbortionFine of $100 to $1,000 and imprisonment to 12 months; abortion of viable fetus: Class A felony; violation of regulations concerning abortion procedures: Class C felony
Consent RequirementsWritten consent of parent or guardian to perform abortion on unemancipated minor or judicial waiver of consent
Residency Requirements for Patients-
Physician Licensing RequirementsAbortion of viable fetus must be performed by a physician, in a hospital, with concurrence of 2nd licensed physician as to viability

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