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Mass. General Laws c.112 § 12N

Abortion; pregnancy existing for 24 weeks or more

This is an unofficial version of a Massachusetts General Law. For more information on this topic, please see law about abortion.

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Amended by St.2020, c.263, effective December 29, 2020.

Section 12N

If a pregnancy has existed for 24 weeks or more, no abortion may be performed except by a physician and only if it is necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the life of the patient, if it is necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health or, in the best medical judgment of the physician, an abortion is warranted because of a lethal fetal anomaly or the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside the uterus.

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