Many women wonder whether abortion is legal in Texas following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is a valid question; state abortion laws have changed throughout the country. Some may wonder what their pregnancy options are following these changes.
In Texas, abortion is banned, with no exceptions for rape or incest, though they can be performed to save the mother’s life. Abortion providers, as well as those assisting women in getting abortions, can be sued.
Texas does not allow private or public insurance plans to cover abortion costs, meaning you must pay out-of-pocket. Medicaid only covers abortions in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions.
Can I Receive Treatment for Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancies?
It is natural to question whether you can receive treatment for life-threatening conditions like ectopic pregnancies. After all, there is a lot of misinformation stating that Texans will not be adequately treated for medical issues or that providers will be penalized.
This is not the case; rest assured you will receive the treatment you need to restore your health. State law says women cannot be denied treatment for conditions like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Moreover, in the case of miscarriage, an embryo or fetus is involuntarily expelled from the woman’s body. This contrasts with elective abortion, which is a conscious choice to remove an embryo or fetus and is done so voluntarily.
What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus following an abortion or miscarriage. If left untreated, this condition is very dangerous; the tissue can lead to infection or other health complications. Ectopic pregnancies must be treated.
Signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Shoulder pain
- Extreme lightheadedness
I’m Pregnant. What Should I Do?
If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, remember that you have options. There are resources available that can help you decide what to do. After confirming your pregnancy, you’ll want an obstetric ultrasound confirming key details like viability, gestational age, and pregnancy location. This ultrasound will help determine whether you have other medical issues that need treatment or may be eligible for an abortion.
Next, you’ll want to receive unbiased options information to get the facts you need to make an informed decision. These options include abortion, adoption, and parenting. Your local pregnancy center will be able to provide free information, as well as resources, referrals, and emotional support, as you decide which option is best.
Remember, you’re in control.
I’d Like More Information
Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers various free and confidential services, including limited ultrasounds performed by our nurses and options counseling so that you can move forward confidently. We’re here for you when you need it most.
Contact us today to make an appointment.