Maryland law does define when it is too late to perform an abortion ("2 doctors face murder charges in botched Elkton abortion," Dec. 31). In light of the recent indictment in Cecil County, it is necessary to restate the provisions of the statute the voters approved on referendum in 1992.
The state may not interfere with the decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is viable.
A fetus is considered viable when, in the best medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the physician, there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus' sustained survival outside the womb.
After the fetus is viable, an abortion can be performed only when it is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman or the fetus is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore
The writer is a state delegate representing District 41.