Maryland Abortion, Artificial Insemination, and Sterilization Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Maryland

Number

Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. § 20-214

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Maryland Code, Health-General section 20-214 allows individuals and hospitals to refuse to perform or participate in, or refer to any source for, any medical procedure that results in artificial insemination, sterilization, or termination of pregnancy.

The refusal of a person to perform or participate in, or refer to a source for, these medical procedures may not be a basis for civil liability or disciplinary or other recriminatory action against the person.

A licensed hospital, hospital director, or hospital governing board may not be required:

  • to permit, within the hospital, the performance of any medical procedure that results in artificial insemination, sterilization, or termination of pregnancy; or
  • to refer to any source for these medical procedures.

Such a refusal may also not be a basis for civil liability or disciplinary or other recriminatory action from the state.

The refusal of an individual to submit to or give consent for an abortion or sterilization may not be grounds for loss of any privileges or immunities to which the individual otherwise would be entitled.

A health-care provider or hospital may be held liable and face disciplinary or other recriminatory action if the refusal to provide any of these services caused death or serious physical or long-lasting injury to the patient and was otherwise contrary to the standards of medical care.

The law, enacted in 1982, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking artificial insemination, sterilization, or abortion services.