After the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in their landmark June 2022 decision, many have been left wondering how it affects women’s rights.
The Court’s ruling did not make abortion illegal everywhere in the United States. However, it did allow each state to decide its laws and restrictions on this issue.
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are probably wondering how the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade affects you. Read this article for the significance of the recent ruling and how it affects abortion access moving forward.
What Does It Mean That Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on Roe v. Wade found elective abortion (an abortion without meeting medical criteria) to be covered by the “right to privacy” clause of the Constitution.
With the overruling of Roe in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court determined that elective abortion access is not covered by the Constitution. Each individual state now has the authority to restrict or provide elective abortion access.
Will the Roe Reversal Limit Women’s Access to Healthcare?
The court decision does not affect women’s healthcare services, such as STD testing and medically necessary care.
If a woman has a high-risk or ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or natural miscarriage, her treatment options will remain the same.
Are Abortion Laws Subject to Change?
State laws are now subject to change based on the delegates elected to power by voters. The Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning Roe v. Wade left abortion issues to the people to decide how to proceed in their respective states.
Considering Your Options?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering an abortion. Before considering your options, it is recommended that you have an ultrasound to rule out complications and confirm how far along you are. We offer both pregnancy tests and ultrasounds free of charge.
We are here to help you sort through your questions and concerns. There is much to educate yourself on before you decide, and we are here to listen and offer support. Schedule an appointment today.