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Section 12K. As used in section twelve L to section twelve U, inclusive, the following words shall have the following meanings:—

Abortion, the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child or the intentional expulsion or removal of an unborn child from the womb other than for the principal purpose of producing a live birth or removing a dead fetus.

Hospital, a hospital as defined in section fifty-two of chapter one hundred and eleven of the General Laws, and duly licensed under the provisions of section fifty-one of chapter one hundred and eleven of the General Laws.

Physician, an individual lawfully authorized to practice medicine within the commonwealth.

Pregnancy, the condition of a mother carrying an unborn child.

Unborn child, the individual human life in existence and developing from implantation of the embryo in the uterus until birth.

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