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Informed Consent

Maine has an abortion-specific informed-consent law.

A woman may not obtain abortion care until after she is advised by the attending physician of: (1) the number of weeks elapsed from the probable time of conception; (2) the risks associated with the pregnancy and the proposed procedure; and (3) at the woman's request, alternatives to abortion such as childbirth and adoption and information about public and private agencies that will provide the woman with assistance to continue the pregnancy, including a list of agencies.  Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 1599-A (Enacted 1993; Renumbered 1993; Last Amended 1993).

A court refused to preliminarily enjoin portions of a previous version of this law that required the provision of similar information.  Women's Cmty. Health Ctr., Inc. v. Cohen, 477 F.Supp. 542 (D. Me. 1979).

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