In 2022, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that effectively struck down the Roe v. Wade ruling, leaving many women wondering whether abortion is still legal in their state.
Abortion is still legal, but the laws concerning abortion now vary state by state as the Supreme Court replaced Roe v. Wade with a ruling that declared laws governing abortion were now up to individual states to decide. The laws concerning abortion in a state might change from time to time if their laws are updated. If you are considering an abortion it’s important to know the current laws in your state.
In Pennsylvania, abortion is still legal through the 23rd week of pregnancy, and sometimes beyond that time if the life of the mother is at risk. However, it is important to note that the Pennsylvania Legislature has placed some restrictions on abortion, including:
- Abortions after 24 weeks are not permitted
- Those seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours and receive counseling to obtain informed consent
- Minors seeking an abortion must have a legal guardian or judge’s approval
- Terminating a pregnancy based on gender preference is not allowed
It’s also important to remember that no one has the legal right to force you to get an abortion, as that decision is up to you.
Get the Facts Before You Decide
If you are pregnant, or suspect you are pregnant, and are considering an abortion it’s important for your health that you get all the details you can about your pregnancy in order to make the best decision possible.
The first step in this process is confirming your pregnancy. While an at-home pregnancy test is usually accurate the best way to confirm you are pregnant is with a medical-quality pregnancy test. An ultrasound can also confirm pregnancy, as well as provide other details, like the age and location of your pregnancy.
Knowing the age of your pregnancy helps you know what options are available to you as medical abortion is only recommended for early pregnancy.
The location of your pregnancy is also important to know. While not common, some pregnancies can attach themselves to your fallopian tubes rather than to your uterus. This is known as an ectopic pregnancy and is a serious health condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Confidential & Free Answers
At Chester County Connect Care our team can offer you a free, medical-grade pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. If your pregnancy test is positive we can offer a complimentary ultrasound to provide you with the crucial information you need to make the best decision for your health.
Our team will also talk with you about the options available to you, as well as listen to your concerns or fears about your pregnancy.
It’s your body and your future, so it’s important to get all the answers you can before making your decision. Contact us today to schedule your confidential and free appointment, and start getting the answers you deserve.