Abortion restrictions by state are confusing enough, and many feel that overturning Roe v. Wade made understanding them even more complicated. You may have heard rumors that women experiencing ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages won’t be able to receive medical treatment, or they’ll be imprisoned for having an abortion.
It’s essential to set the record straight so that you’re aware of your rights and the restrictions in your state. We’ll review what happened to abortion restrictions in Texas after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as well as the key information you need to know. Continue reading to learn more.
What Really Happened to Texas Abortion Law?
In 2021, Texas banned all abortions past six weeks of pregnancy. After the overturning of Roe v Wade, however, all abortions have been banned, except those intended to protect the mother’s life.
The Texas ban does not mean, however, that you cannot travel to another state for an abortion. Women are free to travel elsewhere for these procedures.
Will I Be Able to Receive Medical Treatment?
Experiencing an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage can be scary. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants in a location other than the uterus, such as one of the fallopian tubes. This condition results in a nonviable pregnancy and is dangerous if left untreated.
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, and shoulder pain.
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks gestation. This is different from an abortion as it is entirely involuntary. If you’ve had a miscarriage, please know that it is not your fault and may occur in up to 26% of all pregnancies.
If you’re experiencing either of these conditions, know that your ability to receive adequate medical care is not affected by the changes in state abortion law. This is the case across the United States; medical providers cannot deny you treatment to manage ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. This treatment is not the same as having an elective abortion procedure.
Moreover, a medical provider can definitely provide treatment to save a mother’s life.
I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Next?
If you find yourself with an unplanned pregnancy, know that you have options and help available to you. Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers limited ultrasounds performed by medical professionals to confirm key pregnancy details and options information.
All of our services are free and confidential. Contact us today to make an appointment.