After Roe in Maryland, abortion is legal until the unborn child is considered viable. Keep reading to find out more about state’s post-Roe laws.
THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Maryland allows most abortions after Roe. Abortion is only banned after the child is considered viable. Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. § 20-209 (Enacted 1991).
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws are in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Abortions are prohibited after the unborn baby is considered viable. Md. Code Ann. Health-Gen. §20-209 (Enacted 1991).
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
Yes, if the abortion is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman, or if the fetus is affected by a genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality. Md. Code Ann. Health-Gen. §20-209 (Enacted 1991).
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
Maryland has not provided an enforcement mechanism for its post-viability ban.
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
The law provides no cause of action.
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Notice to–but not consent from–one parent required; however, this state has a method where a minor can obtain permission from the courts to receive an abortion without parental notice or consent. Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. § 20-103 (Last Amended 1991).
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Babies Born Alive
Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Only a physician licensed by the state to practice medicine in the state may provide abortion services. Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. § 20-207 (Enacted 1970; Last Amended 1982), Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. §20-208 (Enacted 1991).
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?
MAKING A MORE PROLIFE MARYLAND
Your state does not (yet!) have a state family policy council working on the issue of life at your state’s capitol. But the need to fight for life in your state is critical!
If you’re interested in helping start a state family policy council in Maryland, please contact us at: Mail@familypolicyalliance.com.
And, be sure to check out the good prolife work being done by our national allies as well and find a way to plug into the #AfterRoe movement!