There are several misconceptions associated with abortion after the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June of 2022. Two main misconceptions are:
- Abortion is outlawed in the U.S.
- Termination is not an option when the mother’s life is endangered
Is Abortion Outlawed in the U.S. After the Overturning of Roe v. Wade?
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled it was a constitutional right for women to receive an elective abortion without the need to meet criteria such as a life-threatening diagnosis. However, in June of this year, the Court overturned this ruling.
What Does This Mean?
When the Supreme Court reversed its decision, it determined that each state should decide on abortion for itself. In essence, the Court handed the decision-making power back to each state and its citizens.
Does This Mean Abortion Is Outlawed?
Abortion was not outlawed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Instead, allowing states to form their own conclusions enables state governments (which the people residing voted for) to speak on behalf of their citizens.
Since many states believe abortion is a decision women have the right to make, laws governing these states continue to allow abortions; so this does not make it an unlawful act in every state.
If a Mother’s Life Is Endangered, Is the Termination of Pregnancy Outlawed?
No, when a pregnancy threatens a mother’s life, termination is an option responsible providers and institutions still offer women. In emergencies, it is not considered a crime to save a mother’s life; this is a matter of great concern that is taken quite seriously.
According to the recent letter from The Secretary of Health and Human Services, any woman in an emergent situation that necessitates life-saving measures will not be denied receiving such services, including abortion, to save her life. Additionally, this is a right protected under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
What Are Some Available Resources?
True Care Women’s Resource Center is here to discuss options and concerns and answer questions. We offer no-cost, confidential options counseling, pregnancy testing, and ultrasound imaging.
Our caring staff excels in providing support and empowering our clients with the knowledge, so they may decide what’s best for them. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and allow us to serve you!