Georgia Abortion Laws


Code Section
16-12-140 et seq.; 15-11-110 et seq.

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
By administering medicine, drugs, or substance or using instrument with intent to procure miscarriage or abortion. Partial Birth Abortion: Unlawful except to save the mother’s life when that life is physically endangered and no other medical procedure will suffice to save her life

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
After 1st trimester, must be performed in licensed hospital or health facility; after 2nd trimester, physician and 2 consulting physicians must certify it is necessary to preserve life or health of mother

Penalty
Imprisonment 1 to 10 years; partial birth abortion: $5000 and/or imprisonment for up to 5 yrs.

Consent
Except in medical emergency, written, informed consent of parent or guardian of unemancipated minor under the age of 18; parent must have 24-hour notice before scheduled abortion, unless waived or unless minor obtains judicial approval that minor is either mature enough to decide without parents’ consent or parents’ consent is not in best interests of the minor

Residency
N/A

License
First trimester: licensed M.D.; second trimester: licensed M.D. and licensed hospital or health facility