Yes, you can still legally get an abortion in PA until 24 weeks of pregnancy. After 24 weeks, you can get an abortion only in cases of life endangerment.
Did the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Impact Pennsylvania?
Unlike other states, Pennsylvania did not experience any legal shifts after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is because our state didn’t have any existing laws previously blocked by Roe v. Wade that would have been enforced after Roe’s overturn.
While the overturning of Roe v. Wade did open the door for states to pass more abortion laws and restrictions, Pennsylvania’s state government didn’t move to make any changes.
Newly elected Governor Josh Shapiro doesn’t plan to enact new restrictions on abortion. He previously served as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, releasing a statement the day Roe v. Wade was overturned, saying that he is committed to protecting legal access to abortion.
New Developments After Roe v. Wade
Women pursuing abortion are now traveling from states with more restrictions to those with fewer restrictions. This means women bordering Pennsylvania in states like West Virginia could consider traveling to PA for an abortion.
How to Know How Far Along You Are
Many laws across the United States have gestational limits listed in their abortion laws. This means abortion could be limited at a specific number of weeks into pregnancy.
No matter what state you live in, getting an ultrasound will help identify your pregnancy’s gestational age and what legal options are available.
It can also alert you to any complications like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. If treatment is needed for either of these conditions, legal, medical procedures other than abortion will be recommended.
Even if abortion is legal at any stage in your state, the abortion pill is only FDA-approved through ten weeks of pregnancy. Knowing how far along you are helps determine which abortion procedures (medical or surgical) are also available.
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