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Hawaii Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 10:05 PM

In Hawaii, abortion laws are described as less restrictive than those passed in other states, according to FindLaw.

Under Hawaii's Freedom of Choice Act, the state allows "the right to abortion even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, specifically providing that “[t]he state shall not deny or interfere with a female’s right to choose or obtain an abortion of a nonviable fetus or an abortion that is necessary to protect the life or health of the female," according to Hawaii Right to Life.

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The organization noted that taxpayers in Hawaii must pay for "medically necessary" abortions for women who receive welfare assistance from the state. Abortions in Hawaii, like most states, must be performed by a licensed physician. The state does not require informed consent for mothers or parental notification for minors, Hawaii Right to Life noted.

"All health insurance plans in Hawaii that provide prescription coverage must also provide coverage for contraception and abortion services," the website said.

The nearest continental state, California, is also less restrictive in its abortion laws, but it requires minors to get parental consent before seeking to terminate a pregnancy, FindLaw noted.

Nurse midwives and other medical professionals who are not licensed physicians may also perform abortions in California, if they have been trained.

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The right to abortion is protected by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v Wade, although that law has endured many challenges in the four decades since it was enacted.

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