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Washington Abortion Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Abortion Laws

Code Section 9.02.100 et seq.
Statutory Definition of Illegal AbortionAny medical treatment intended to induce the termination of a pregnancy except for the purpose of producing a live birth. Partial Birth Infanticide: Regulating partial-birth infanticide is not regulating abortion, but rather is proscribing infanticide by restricting the killing of a live infant who is in the process of birth. Partial birth infanticide is unlawful, but does not apply when the procedure was used to prevent the death of the mother when no other medical procedure would suffice, including the induction of labour or cesarean section.
Statutory Definition of Legal AbortionReproductive Privacy Act: "The state may not deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose to have an abortion prior to viability of the fetus or to protect her life or health." State may regulate as is medically necessary to protect the life, health of mother and consistent with established medical practice and in keeping with the least restrictive on the woman's right to have an abortion
Penalty for Unlawful AbortionUnauthorized abortion performed: Class C felony
Consent Requirements-
Residency Requirements for Patients-
Physician Licensing RequirementsLicensed M.D., and licensed hospital, except when medical emergency, licensed health care provider may assist

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