- St. 2019, c.6 § 2A Funding to alleviate the lack of federal funding for family planning
- St. 2018, c.155 An act relative to reproductive health. Amends MGL c.112, § 12Q, and MGL c.272, § 21A.
Repeals MGL c.272, §§ 19-21 (Effective July 27, 2018)
- MGL c.112, § 12I Right of refusal of medical staff
- MGL c.112, § 12J Experimentation on fetuses prohibited
- MGL c.112, § 12K Definitions
- MGL c.112, § 12N Punishment for violation of 12L or 12M
- MGL c.112, § 12O Protection of unborn child
- MGL c.112, § 12P Preservation of life and health of child
- MGL c.112, § 12Q Restrictions on abortions performed under Sec. 12L or 12M; emergency excepted
- MGL c.112, § 12R Written statement of reasons for 12M
- MGL c.112, § 12S Consent; parental consent for minors
- MGL c.112, § 12T Punishment for violation of 12O-12R
- MGL c.112, § 12U Enjoining performance of abortion
- MGL c.266, § 120E1/2 Protesters may be required to move back to 25 feet away from the entrance if police determine they have "substantially impeded access to or departure from an entrance or driveway to a reproductive health care facility."
- MGL c.272, § 21A Furnishing drugs, articles or information for prevention of pregnancy or conception
- MGL c.272, § 21B No privately controlled hospital or other health facility shall be required to admit any patient for the purpose of performing an abortion
45 CFR Part 88 Protecting statutory conscience rights in health care, effective July 22, 2019
Allows health workers to refuse to perform or assist medical procedures, like abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide, if it violates their “conscience” or religion. It applies to health care institutions receiving federal funding.
Superior Court Standing Order 5-81: Uniform procedures regarding petitions for abortion authorization under G.L. c.112, § 12
Petition under G.L. c. 112, § 12S (Mary Moe petition)
Used to request a court order authorizing a doctor to perform an abortion on a minor without parental consent
Selected case law
Roe v. Wade , 410 U.S. 113 (1973)
The court held that a woman's constitutional right to privacy encompassed her decision to terminate a pregnancy. The right was not unrestricted as states have an interest in regulating abortions during the later stages of pregnancy.
Gonzales v. Carhart , 550 U.S. 124 (2007)
In a sharply divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law prohibiting so-called "partial birth" abortion.
McCullen v. Coakley , 573 U.S. 464 (June 26, 2014)
The earlier Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone, MGL c.266, s.120E1/2 , held unconstitutional. "The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the Commonwealth's asserted interests... Given the vital First Amendment interests at stake, it is not enough for Massachusetts simply to say that other approaches have not worked."
Moe v. Sec. of Admin. and Finance , 382 Mass. 629 (1981)
"A statutory restriction on the funding of abortions under the Massachusetts Medical Assistance Program ... impermissibly burdened a woman's right to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy by abortion in violation of the right to due process of law as guaranteed by the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights."
NIFLA v. Becerra, __ US __ (June 26, 2018)
Under the First Amendment, religiously oriented "crisis pregnancy centers" which do not provide abortions, don't have to tell women about public programs providing access to free or low-cost abortion. It is also "likely" a violation of the First Amendment to require clinics that don't have a medical license to disclose that fact.
Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts v. Attorney General , 424 Mass. 586 (1997)
Court held that statutory requirement that pregnant unmarried minor obtain consent of both parents before obtaining abortion violated due process clause.
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey , 505 U.S. 833 (1992)
Pennsylvania abortion statute held valid for 24 hour informed consent, parental consent for minors, and record keeping requirements, but not for spousal notice under due process clause of Federal Constitution's 14th Amendment.
Stenberg v. Carhart , 530 U.S. 914 (2000)
"Nebraska statute that criminalized performance of any 'partial birth abortion' that was not necessary to save life of mother held to violate Federal Constitution."
Abortion: judicial history and legislative response, Congressional Research Service, 2018
HelpSteps.com, Mass. 2-1-1 service.
"HelpSteps connects individuals to local health and human resources... The assessment and referral tools are available at no cost to anyone with access to the internet or a smart phone." Click on Sexual Health & Testing for information about abortion services in Massachusetts.
American jurisprudence 2d , West Group, 2005 with supplement, vol. 1, "Abortion and Birth Control."
Arguments on abortion: live recording and transcripts of Supreme Court oral arguments on reproductive rights, Stephanie Guitton and Peter Irons, editors, New Press, 1995 (Book and audiocassettes).
Bioethical and evolutionary approaches to medicine and the law, American Bar Association, 2007.
Massachusetts practice, vol. 2 (Family law and practice, 4th ed.), Thomson Reuters, 2013, Chapter 27.
Massachusetts practice, vol. 17B (Prima facie case, 5th ed.), West Group, 2005, section 53.17.
National survey of state laws, Gale Group, 2015, chapter 22.
"The partial-birth abortion ban act of 2003," by Alex Gordon, 41 Harvard journal on legislation 501 (2004).
Representing the child client, by Michael J. Dale, et al., Lexis, loose-leaf, sec. 3.02[c].
"The right to choose, neutrality, and abortion consent in Massachusetts," by Daniel Avila, 38 Suffolk University law review 511 (2004).
Roe v. Wade: United States Supreme Court, Bo Schambelan, editor, Running Press, 1992.
West's encyclopedia of american law, West Group, 2004, vol.1, pp.10-21.
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