Maryland Abortion Laws
|Code Section||Health & Gen. §§20-207 to 214; 20-103|
|Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion||Viability is defined as when, in M.D.'s best medical judgement, there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus' sustained survival outside the womb|
|Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion||Performed before fetus is viable or at anytime where termination procedure is necessary to protect life, health of woman or fetus is affected by serious genetic defect/abnormality (procedure must be least intrusive and not inconsistent with established medical practice)|
|Penalty for Unlawful Abortion||M.D. not liable if decision to abort made in good faith and in best medical judgment|
|Consent Requirements||M.D. may not perform an abortion on an unmarried minor unless M.D. first gives notice to parent or guardian, unless minor does not live with parent/guardian and reasonable efforts to give notice are unsuccessful or if in M.D.'s judgment notice to parent/guardian may lead to physical or emotional abuse, or the minor is mature and capable of informed consent or notice would not be in the best interest of minor|
|Residency Requirements for Patients||-|
|Physician Licensing Requirements||Licensed M.D.|
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