Abortion access is a hotly debated topic right now after the recent Supreme Court ruling. Many people have been confused about what it means and are looking for answers on how this affects their state.
Read this article to gain an informed answer on abortion access in the US, how the recent ruling affects it, and what this means for those in Texas.
How does Roe v. Wade affect abortion access across the US?
In Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the original Roe v. Wade ruling was struck down because the Supreme Court decided that there was not enough historic precedent or legal standing for this decision to be credible.
By striking down Roe, abortion is no longer considered a federally protected right. It does not make abortion illegal in all 50 states but hands it over to each of the 50 states to decide for themselves.
What does this mean for Texas?
Many states have restricted abortion while other states have passed laws protecting abortion access. Since September 2021, Texas already prohibited abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, which is typically around 6 weeks after conception.
Now, 30 days after the signed ruling of the Supreme Court, all abortions will be banned in the state of Texas, even before a heartbeat can be detected. The only exception is in cases of life endangerment.
Women will still receive access to vital healthcare, such as treatment for high-risk pregnancies or natural miscarriages.
As you are evaluating your options, one potential risk that’s important to eliminate is an ectopic pregnancy, which is a non-viable pregnancy that can be life-threatening to the mother.
This can be detected with a no-cost ultrasound that we offer at our center, as well as complimentary consultations where you can learn about your options and ask questions from our trained staff about the pregnancy process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!