SECTION 1. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, Section 12K, is hereby amended by striking out those paragraphs that begin with the words, "Nurse midwife", "Nurse practitioner", and "Physician assistant”.
SECTION 2. Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out sections 12M and 12O, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following sections:
Section 12M. If a pregnancy has existed for less than twenty-four weeks no abortion may be performed except by a physician and only if, in the best medical judgment of a physician, the abortion is necessary under all attendant circumstances.
Section 12O. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve N, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child. Such steps shall include the presence of life-supporting equipment, as defined by the department of public health, in the room where the abortion is to be performed.
SECTION 3. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, Section 12Q, is hereby amended by striking out the phrase, "physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife."
SECTION 4. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, Section 12R, is hereby amended by striking out the number "16" wherever it so appears and inserting in place thereof the number "18"; striking out wherever they so appear the phrase, "physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife"; and striking out the final sentence of said Section 12R
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