Abortion has become a more complex issue than ever before with the recent overruling of Roe v. Wade. Abortion is currently allowed in Michigan up to the point of viability, although there is a law currently banning abortion that has been temporarily blocked.
Read the rest of this article to understand more about abortion access in your state, and what steps to take if you are considering an abortion.
What does it mean that Roe v. Wade was overturned?
For five decades, the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade has ensured that abortion is a Constitutionally protected right; however, with the recent review of this decision, the current Supreme Court ruled that this argument is actually unfounded and lacks precedent.
When the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, it did not automatically criminalize abortion in all 50 states, but it removed the federal protection of abortion as a right. This means that each state must now decide for itself whether to restrict or protect abortion.
What are Michigan’s Current Restrictions on Abortion?
Abortion access is currently in question as the ban is being battled out in court, but as of the time of this writing, abortion is currently legal and available in the state of Michigan. Current restrictions include:
Certain information must be provided to the woman 24 hours prior to the abortion, including information about the procedure she will undergo as well as images of the fetus at the gestational age at the abortion occurs at.
Women must give informed consent that the above information has been provided.
The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
An abortion may be performed at or after viability only if the woman’s life is endangered.
If you’re considering an abortion, you can contact our center to schedule a no-cost pregnancy test and an ultrasound. These two steps will verify the viability of your pregnancy, confirm the gestational age, and if the pregnancy is intrauterine.
Ultrasounds also help alert you to the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, which can disqualify you from abortion but you should seek immediate medical attention. At the ultrasound, you can also discuss your options and ask any questions about the pregnancy process.
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