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Under current law a person may not perform an abortion during the third trimester except under certain circumstances, including the presence of a "severe and irreversible abnormality, identified by reliable diagnostic procedures". This bill would require that for any third trimester abortion performed under the physical abnormality exemption, the physician certify in writing the fetal abnormality identified by the physician.
The bill also requires that for each abortion performed on a woman younger than 18 years old, the physician document in the woman's medical record and in required reporting the method for obtaining authorization for the abortion. Several allowable methods for obtaining authorization are enumerated in the bill.