Roe v. Wade’s overturning prompted many changes in the United States, including with individual state laws. Women across the country wondered whether this would affect their access to abortion.
In Texas, abortion is banned, with no exception for rape or incest. Abortion providers and those who assist women in obtaining abortions after six weeks of abortion can be sued by private citizens. Those wishing to have an abortion must travel to other states.
Despite this legal change, women with conditions like ectopic or high-risk pregnancies can still access the necessary medical treatment.
What Does This Mean for Me if I’m Pregnant?
You may feel some uncertainty if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, especially if you are considering an abortion. While that is technically an option if you travel to another state, there are some things you’ll want to do beforehand.
Regardless of your pregnancy decision, you’ll want to have an obstetric ultrasound to protect your health and confirm key details like viability, gestational age, and location of pregnancy. Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers free and confidential limited ultrasounds to determine whether you have a healthy pregnancy.
You’ll also want to consider getting tested for STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, especially since you’ve been sexually active. The Center offers free STI testing and treatment for these diseases for women.
Learning About Your Options
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure you’re cared for physically, you’ll want fact-based and nonjudgmental options information from a resource such as your local pregnancy center. While abortion is still on the table out of state, other options, such as adoption and parenting, may suit your needs and lifestyle better.
While difficult and emotionally-charged, adoption and parenting can give you the peace of mind and opportunity to form a relationship, you may desire to have with the child. Numerous adoption plans can be customized to give you the control and options you desire, as well as financial assistance. Community parenting resources, such as material resources and education, are also available to help you become the best parent possible.
No matter your situation, there is hope!
Free and Confidential Support
Cleburne Pregnancy Center is here for you, whether you are interested in learning your pregnancy options or simply need an advocate to talk to during this time. We have a nurse and sonographer on staff who are ready to answer your medical questions.
Contact us today to make an appointment. You’re not alone!