2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 16-12-141 (2010)
TITLE 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 12 - OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH AND MORALS
ARTICLE 5 - ABORTION
§ 16-12-141 - When abortion is legal; filing of certificate of abortion by performing physician
16-12-141. When abortion is legal; filing of certificate of abortion by performing physician
(a) Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit an abortion performed by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43, based upon his or her best clinical judgment that an abortion is necessary, except that Code Section 16-12-144 is a prohibition of a particular abortion method which shall apply to both duly licensed physicians and laypersons.
(b)(1) No abortion is authorized or shall be performed after the first trimester unless the abortion is performed in a licensed hospital, in a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or in a health facility licensed as an abortion facility by the Department of Community Health.
(2) An abortion shall only be performed by a physician licensed under Article 2 of Chapter 34 of Title 43.
(c) No abortion is authorized or shall be performed after the second trimester unless the physician and two consulting physicians certify that the abortion is necessary in their best clinical judgment to preserve the life or health of the woman. If the product of the abortion is capable of meaningful or sustained life, medical aid then available must be rendered.
(d) The performing physician shall file with the commissioner of community health within ten days after an abortion procedure is performed a certificate of abortion containing such statistical data as is determined by the Department of Community Health consistent with preserving the privacy of the woman. Hospital or other licensed health facility records shall be available to the district attorney of the judicial circuit in which the hospital or health facility is located.
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