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Guardian Status for Authorizing Abortion

P.A. 258 of 1974
MCL 330.1629

Effective Date: August 6, 1975

Guardians are appointed to make decisions in the best interest of those who are determined to be mentally incompetent and unable to make their own decisions. This statute establishes that guardians will not be liable for civil damages due to their authorization of a medical treatment for their ward. Abortion is defined as an “extraordinary measure” as distinguished from routine or emergency medical treatment. To authorize an abortion for his or her ward, the guardian must take additional steps, such as obtain a court order.

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