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After the Supreme Court decision in June 2022, which overturned the previous decision of Roe v. Wade, many women and men find themselves confused about what this means for their pregnancy options. Perhaps that's you—we're here to help lay out the facts and walk you through what recent developments mean for you.
Following the overturning of Roe, some states have instituted restrictions on abortion, while others have very few limitations on abortion, if any. Pregnancy options depend largely on your state location.
Contrary to some popular belief, the overturning of Roe did not eliminate access to abortion nationwide. Instead, the Supreme Court turned the question of abortion access over to state governments, who can then decide to make their own legislation either expanding or restricting abortion access.
In this way, each state's law depends on its local officials and the representation of the state's population and their preferences on abortion instead of federally mandated access to elective abortion.
As such, access to abortion methods in your area depends primarily on your state legislature. Restrictions may exist based on the stage of pregnancy (limiting abortion past a certain gestational age), and other requirements may exist depending on state regulations (for example, a minor may be required to obtain parental consent or notify their parents prior to receiving an abortion).
In the state of New Jersey, abortion is legal at any stage of pregnancy for any reason under state law. Which abortion method may be medically appropriate (or not) depends on several factors for each unique patient, including how far along the pregnancy has progressed (gestational age) and if any other medical complications are present. Pursuing an abortion method that is not medically recommended for your unique situation could be detrimental to your health and safety, so be sure you know the facts about all your options before making your next steps.
After the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe, at least 13 states now have bans on abortion, while others have varying restrictions.
In at least 14 states, abortion is legal or mostly legal. This New York Times map outlining current state laws may help determine the most up-to-date legislation by state.
It is important to note that abortion legislation by the state is subject to change as many states are continuing to shift their laws following the overturning of Roe.
Facing an unexpected pregnancy can come with a lot of thoughts and fears. If that's where you're at, take a deep breath and rest in the knowledge that you're not alone on your journey.
Our team at Choices Options for Women is here to empower you with complete, medically accurate information on your unique medical needs and your pregnancy options. Through free services to confirm your pregnancy, our medical team can help you make your next steps feeling confident and informed.
Schedule your free appointment today to confirm your pregnancy and get your questions answered. The choice is yours, but we can help.
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