Pennsylvania Statutes Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses § 3218. Criminal penalties

(a) Application of chapter.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no criminal penalty shall apply to a woman who violates any provision of this chapter solely in order to perform or induce or attempt to perform or induce an abortion upon herself. Nor shall any woman who undergoes an abortion be found guilty of having committed an offense, liability for which is defined under section 306 (relating to liability for conduct of another;  complicity) or Chapter 9 (relating to inchoate crimes), by reason of having undergone such abortion.

(b) False statement, etc.--A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, with intent to mislead a public servant in performing his official function under this chapter, such person:

(1) makes any written false statement which he does not believe to be true;  or

(2) submits or invites reliance on any writing which he knows to be forged, altered or otherwise lacking in authenticity.

(c) Statements “under penalty”.--A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if such person makes a written false statement which such person does not believe to be true on a statement submitted as required under this chapter, bearing notice to the effect that false statements made therein are punishable.

(d) Perjury provisions applicable.--Section 4902(c) through (f) (relating to perjury) apply to subsections (b) and (c).


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