Roe v. Wade Overturned: Separating Fact from Fiction


Earlier this year, the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, and many conflicting pieces of information began circulating regarding what this meant for individual citizens. What does this mean for you?

First, you are strong and capable and have the power to decide how you will respond. Will you allow fear and panic to overcome you and risk making a decision too quickly out of that fear, or will you allow yourself the space to take a deep breath, learn all there is to know about each of your options and make a wise, informed choice?

Rest assured that there is still a wide variety of options available to you, in addition to supportive resources and compassionate help in your area. Before we dive into what that looks like, let's clear the air on some of the more prevalent myths about what the overturning of Roe means for you in the state of New Jersey.

Fiction: All abortions were outlawed when Roe was overturned.
Fact: In the state of New Jersey, abortion is legal for any reason up until the point of birth. Abortion availability now depends on individual state laws.

The abortion pill is used for the termination of early pregnancies only up to 10 weeks gestational age. Any abortion obtained past this point in pregnancy would require an in-clinic surgical abortion procedure.

Before making your pregnancy decision, it's very important to know how far along your pregnancy is. You need to know what options are safe so you can get your questions answered about your unique needs. The best way to do this is with an ultrasound exam, which can answer these questions for you and point out any medical complications, such as ectopic pregnancy.  

Fiction: Abortion bans are affecting care for ectopic pregnancy treatment.
Fact: No existing state law bans or restricts vital care to treat ectopic pregnancies.

We get it – it seems confusing that removing an ectopic pregnancy is different from an abortion procedure. However, these are very different medical scenarios with distinct treatments and implications.

Ectopic pregnancies – pregnancies that are outside of the uterus – are non-viable, meaning that the pregnancy cannot progress without serious harm to the woman, and delay in treatment could have lasting effects. Because of this, no state law restricts ectopic pregnancy care, such as the use of methotrexate (a drug) to end an ectopic pregnancy or emergency surgery to remove the pregnancy from a fallopian tube. This care is considered vital emergency medical intervention across all medical communities, regardless of local law on elective abortion.

If you think you might be pregnant, specialized in-person care is extremely important to ensure thorough care, such as ultrasound exams, that you are not at risk for ectopic pregnancy or other complications. To rest assured you have all the answers you need, schedule your free ultrasound appointment with Choices Options for Women today.

Fiction: Miscarriage care – which involves similar procedures to abortion – will be restricted.
Fact: No state law restricts the use of these procedures for miscarriage care (after fetal death). 

Some individuals or groups have voiced concern over possible restrictions to miscarriage care due to the fact that often after a woman has an incomplete miscarriage, a doctor may recommend a procedure known as a D&C (dilation & curettage) to remove any remaining tissue from the uterus.

This procedure is also used in some surgical abortion practices. However, there is a distinct difference between utilizing this technique following the demise of a fetus versus terminating an otherwise viable pregnancy. No existing state law restricts or punishes miscarriage care.

It is also important to receive an ultrasound to evaluate miscarriage risk and determine if the pregnancy is viable (continuing to progress and grow). To know you are pursuing the pregnancy option that is healthiest for you, schedule your appointment to get your questions answered.

Fiction: The only way to obtain an abortion now is to order abortion pills online. 
Fact: Pursuing any medical intervention online without seeing a medical professional first and in- person can be dangerous. Learn about your unique situation first.

It may seem easy and convenient to order pills online, but the fact of the matter is you can't be confident that you are not putting yourself at risk without seeing a medical professional in person to determine your unique medical needs first. The abortion pill is only recommended by the FDA for use in terminating early pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation – taking this medication past its recommended point in incomplete abortion or dangerous complications for you.

Be confident you're making the best next steps for you and your health. At Choices Options for Women, we are happy to walk alongside you in your pregnancy decision journey and inform you of your options through specialized care like a free ultrasound exam. Schedule your appointment today to put your health and safety first.

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