Maine Revised Statutes

§1903. Authority and policy

It shall be the policy and authority of this State that: [1973, c. 624, §1 (NEW).]

1. Availability.  Family planning services shall be readily and practicably available to all persons desiring and needing such services;
[ 1973, c. 624, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Consistent with public policy.  The delivery of family planning services by duly authorized persons in all agencies and instrumentalities of this State is consistent with public policy;
[ 1973, c. 624, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Refusal.  Nothing in this chapter shall inhibit a physician from refusing to furnish family planning services when the refusal is for medical reasons; and
[ 1981, c. 470, Pt. A, §73 (AMD) .]
4. Objections.  No private institution or physician or no agent or employee of such institution or physician shall be prohibited from refusing to provide family planning services when such refusal is based upon religious or conscientious objection.
[ 1973, c. 624, §1 (NEW) .]
1973, c. 624, §1 (NEW). 1981, c. 470, §A73 (AMD).