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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 218        FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1597


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Tom Sannicandro and David Paul Linsky


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to responsible counseling.






Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 218        FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1597

By Messrs. Sannicandro of Ashland and Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1597) of Tom Sannicandro, David Paul Linsky and others relative to written consent of a parent or legal guardian and counseling of minor pregnant women seeking aboritions.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to responsible counseling.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              The second paragraph of section 12S of chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth sentences and inserting in place thereof the following language:— 

              If a pregnant woman is less than eighteen years of age and has not married, no physician may perform an abortion upon her unless the attending physician has received and made part of the medical record the written consent of the pregnant woman and: 

              (1)the written consent of a parent, a legal guardian, a foster parent, or an adult family member twenty-five years of age or older; or   

              (2)the authorization of a judge of the superior court department of the trial court; or   

              (3)the written certification by an authorized individual that he has counseled the pregnant woman regarding alternative choices available to manage the pregnancy and the option of involving the woman's parents, guardians, or other adult family members in her decision-making. 

              An authorized individual shall be either a medical professional registered under section two, nine F, seventy-four, or seventy-four A of this chapter, or a mental health professional licensed under section one hundred nineteen or one hundred thirty-one of this chapter.  The commissioner of public health shall prescribe a form for the authorized individual to use in certifying that he has provided counseling in accordance with this section.  A family member shall be one of the pregnant woman’s grandparents or their lineal descendants, including those by adoption, and spouses of any such persons.

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