The overturning of Roe v. Wade on July 24, 2022 does not affect PA because Pennsylvania already had laws in place allowing abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy. Therefore, nothing changed in Pennsylvania when the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
What To Know About Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court first passed Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. The justices at the time asserted that the U.S. Constitution indicated a right to privacy, which enabled abortion to be federally protected.
Almost five decades later, the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case called Roe v. Wade into question. The Supreme Court determined the constitution did not confer a right to abortion. This overturned the longstanding Supreme Court decision, turning the power to set abortion laws back to the states. Now, state governments determine the laws.
What Other Abortion Laws Are in Pennsylvania?
In addition to abortion being limited to before 24 weeks except in cases of life or health endangerment, PA has other abortion restrictions. A few notable ones include parental consent for minors, orally informing women on abortion, risks, and alternatives, and a 24-hour waiting period.
There are other laws that restrict public funding for abortion and when health plans on the state’s health exchange can cover abortion.
Will the Laws Stay the Same?
The future of abortion access in Pennsylvania is uncertain. There is a gubernatorial election taking place on November 8, 2022 to elect a new governor to replace Governor Wolf. This position could determine if abortion laws remain the same or change.
What Do I Need to Do Before Seeking Abortion
Before seeking abortion, make sure to receive an ultrasound and STD testing. An ultrasound will ensure you have a normal, progressing pregnancy located in the uterus. Pregnancies outside the uterus are ectopic and require a different medical treatment.
You will also want to receive STD testing and treatment to prevent spreading an existing STD further into your reproductive system during abortion. When this happens, it’s possible to develop pelvic inflammatory disease, which could potentially leave lasting damage.
Receive No-Cost Services at Chester County Connect Care
At our center, we provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and information so you can protect your reproductive health. We also have professional staff ready to listen and serve you.
We can answer any questions you may have about PA’s abortion laws, and provide specific details on your pregnancy. Schedule a free and confidential appointment online today!