In June of 2022, The Supreme Court reversed the 1973 verdict of Roe vs. Wade. The weeks following this new ruling have left people questioning if abortions are still legal in all 50 states.
With so many conversations surrounding this topic in the media, it can be confusing to separate the facts from fiction. Here’s everything you need to know about the updated abortion laws in America.
How Are Abortion Laws Decided Now?
The Supreme Court’s new ruling stated that the Constitution does not imply a woman’s right to an abortion. This updated stance did not make abortions illegal in all 50 states. Rather, the Court has now given the states the power and responsibility to govern when and how abortions should be performed.
States such as Arkansas have banned all abortions but with the provision to protect the life of the woman.
What about Oregon? Oregon’s abortion laws will remain unchanged following the removal of Roe.
Are Women’s Lives Protected?
Many narratives suggesting women could die if denied an abortion have been circulating the nation recently. Thankfully, this is a false claim. For women experiencing a life-threatening situation with their pregnancy, all 50 states remain committed to their well-being following the reversal of Roe.
Although rare, situations exist when a woman would need to have her pregnancy removed to save her life. An example of this is an ectopic pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the pregnancy begins to grow outside of the uterus. If the pregnancy is not discovered or removed early, it can rupture and cause severe, life-threatening internal bleeding for the mother.
Women experiencing an ectopic pregnancy in states that have banned abortions will still be able to have their ectopic pregnancy removed. They will not need to travel to receive care.
Ultrasounds are the best way to discover ectopic pregnancies early, which is why all women are advised to have an ultrasound performed in the early weeks of pregnancy.
It should be noted that the abortion pill is not effective in removing an ectopic pregnancy.
Prioritizing Your Health
If you or a friend are facing an unintended pregnancy, Dove Medical exists to support you. Our clinic offers a variety of services, including limited obstetrical ultrasound, STI testing, and decision coaching.
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed is normal. Having someone to answer your questions can provide clarity and confidence in your decision making.
When you’re ready, give us a call at 541-345-3683 to set up your appointment. Your future well-being matters to us.
This post is for education and information purposes only and does not substitute the advice of a Healthcare Professional.
Dove Medical offers pregnancy diagnosis, decision coaching, and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.