Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, elective abortion is no longer federally protected, resulting in a patchwork of access across the United States.
Elective abortion is currently permitted without regulations in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont. Other states allow abortion with some restrictions.
The availability of elective abortion varies from state to state, but continue reading to learn more about abortion access, the current status in Minnesota, and steps for prioritizing your health.
In our state constitution, Minnesota protects elective abortions up to viability. After the point of viability, abortion is legal if the woman’s life is endangered.
Abortion is protected by the state constitution, so the only way it would become illegal is through an amendment to the state constitution.
There is a spectrum of abortion laws, and many states are still determining their position.
Elective abortion restrictions are either already in place or are anticipated in our neighboring states, including Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.
If you live on the Wisconsin side of the river or are visiting Minnesota from further out of state, know that our services are not limited to Minnesota residents; you are eligible for our care, too.
Before an elective in-clinic abortion or taking the abortion pill, consider having medical-grade pregnancy testing and a limited ultrasound to better understand your health and safety for either option.
Medication abortion, for example, is FDA-approved up to 70 days of pregnancy, and the FDA does not advise it in cases of ectopic pregnancy. A limited ultrasound can help you learn if this applies to you.
Limited ultrasounds also can confirm if a patient has a progressing pregnancy, as it is possible to have a positive home pregnancy test without having a current pregnancy.
As you consider your possibilities, give us a call.
Our medical staff members are here to help answer women’s health questions and provide medical-grade pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds at no cost.
Contact us today for a confidential appointment.