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Mass. General Laws c.112 § 12O

Abortion performed pursuant to Sec. 12N; protection of live birth and patient

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 12O

If an abortion is performed pursuant to section 12N, the facility where the abortion is performed shall maintain life-supporting equipment, as defined by the department of public health, to enable the physician performing the abortion to take appropriate steps, in keeping with good medical practice and consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of a live birth and the patient.



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