How Does the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Affect Women's Rights?


Last June, Roe v. Wade was overturned by a decision in the Supreme Court, returning abortion legislation powers to the states. As a result, many states have made different decisions on abortion protection or abortion restrictions.

You may be confused about what this means for you and your pregnancy options. Simply put, in New Jersey, you have compassionate help and resources available. If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, take a moment to learn what this news means for you and your options so you can make a healthy, confident, informed choice.

What Does the Overturning of Roe Mean for Women in NJ?

Roe being overturned did not eliminate abortion in the United States – rather, it returned the decision of abortion access to individual state governments. Each state has its independent law on whether abortion is restricted or protected.

In New Jersey, abortion is protected under state law with no restrictions at any point in pregnancy. The law includes both medication abortion (otherwise known as the abortion pill) as well as surgical abortion (an in-clinic procedure).

Several factors weigh into which method of abortion may be used – namely, how far along the pregnancy is and whether other complications may be a concern.

It is also important to note that the recent Supreme Court does not restrict or limit care to treat ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages. No existing state law prohibits this care, nor should any restrictions on abortion in the future affect these treatments.

The medical care necessary to treat these unique situations is separate and distinct from elective abortion and is classified differently in medical records.

What Do I Need to Know Before An Abortion in NJ?

If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant and aren't sure what to do next, perhaps consider learning all there is to know about your options first. Prioritize your health and safety by learning what to expect from each potential choice.

The FDA approves using the abortion pill to terminate early pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation. Although the abortion pill may be readily available online, it is essential to confirm how far along you are in pregnancy. See a medical professional for specialized, in-person care and examination to be confident about the dating and location of your pregnancy. Taking the abortion pill past 10 weeks could put you at risk for infection, incomplete abortion, or other complications.

Surgical abortion, on the other hand, is a procedure done inside a clinic or hospital setting to terminate later pregnancies. A physician typically performs a surgical abortion which often involves some kind of sedation.

Both methods of abortion involve associated risks and side effects. It is a serious medical procedure, no matter which method is used.

It is vital to get the facts about your unique medical needs before taking your next steps, such as:

  • How far along you are (and what pregnancy options might be available to you)
  • If the pregnancy is viable (or if a miscarriage has occurred)
  • If the pregnancy is located in the uterus (or if you are at risk of ectopic pregnancy)

The best way to answer these questions is through an ultrasound exam. During this appointment, a Registered Sonographer and Registered Nurse can clue you into potential medical concerns and answer your questions.

Schedule Your Free Appointment Today

At Choices Options for Women, we're here to help answer your questions and empower you to make a healthy, confident and informed decision. Find out your unique needs through an ultrasound exam at no cost to you, with our professional medical staff to guide you.

Schedule your free appointment today to put your mind at ease and learn about your options. 

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