Maine Abortion Laws


Code Section
Tit. 22 ยงยง1591 to 1599-A

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
Intentional interruption of a pregnancy by the application of external agents, whether chemical or physical, or the ingestion of chemical agents with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
Before viability by physician; after viability, only when necessary to preserve life or health of mother

Penalty
Class D Crime: M.D. failing to perform any action required: fine up to $1000 for each violation, not taking reasonable steps to preserve life of live born child: subject to homicide, manslaughter and/or malpractice liability

Consent
Informed written consent by minor and consent of one parent/guardian required for persons under 18 yrs. old except in emergencies or if judicial consent is obtained; informed written consent of all women required

Residency
N/A

License
Licensed M.D.