2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 32 - Abortion
3208 - Printed information.

     § 3208.  Printed information.
        (a)  General rule.--The department shall cause to be
     published in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, within 60 days
     after this chapter becomes law, and shall update on an annual
     basis, the following easily comprehensible printed materials:
            (1)  Geographically indexed materials designed to inform
        the woman of public and private agencies and services
        available to assist a woman through pregnancy, upon
        childbirth and while the child is dependent, including
        adoption agencies, which shall include a comprehensive list
        of the agencies available, a description of the services they
        offer and a description of the manner, including telephone
        numbers, in which they might be contacted, or, at the option
        of the department, printed materials including a toll-free,
        24-hour a day telephone number which may be called to obtain,
        orally, such a list and description of agencies in the
        locality of the caller and of the services they offer. The
        materials shall provide information on the availability of
        medical assistance benefits for prenatal care, childbirth and
        neonatal care, and state that it is unlawful for any
        individual to coerce a woman to undergo abortion, that any
        physician who performs an abortion upon a woman without
        obtaining her informed consent or without according her a
        private medical consultation may be liable to her for damages
        in a civil action at law, that the father of a child is
        liable to assist in the support of that child, even in
        instances where the father has offered to pay for an abortion
        and that the law permits adoptive parents to pay costs of
        prenatal care, childbirth and neonatal care.
            (2)  Materials designed to inform the woman of the
        probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the
        unborn child at two-week gestational increments from
        fertilization to full term, including pictures representing
        the development of unborn children at two-week gestational
        increments, and any relevant information on the possibility
        of the unborn child's survival; provided that any such
        pictures or drawings must contain the dimensions of the fetus
        and must be realistic and appropriate for the woman's stage
        of pregnancy. The materials shall be objective, nonjudgmental
        and designed to convey only accurate scientific information
        about the unborn child at the various gestational ages. The
        material shall also contain objective information describing
        the methods of abortion procedures commonly employed, the
        medical risks commonly associated with each such procedure,
        the possible detrimental psychological effects of abortion
        and the medical risks commonly associated with each such
        procedure and the medical risks commonly associated with
        carrying a child to term.
        (b)  Format.--The materials shall be printed in a typeface
     large enough to be clearly legible.
        (c)  Free distribution.--The materials required under this
     section shall be available at no cost from the department upon
     request and in appropriate number to any person, facility or
     hospital.
     (Mar. 25, 1988, P.L.262, No.31, eff. 30 days; Nov. 17, 1989,
     P.L.592, No.64, eff. imd.)

        1989 Amendment.  Act 64 amended subsec. (a). See sections 7,
     8 and 9 of Act 64 in the appendix to this title for special
     provisions relating to publication of forms and materials,
     applicability of reporting and distribution requirements and
     effective date.

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