What Are The Abortion Restrictions In Texas?

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There is a lot of confusion these days over each state’s current abortion laws. In Texas, you cannot receive an abortion if the doctor detects a heartbeat, usually around the seventh week of pregnancy. 

What Is A Viable Pregnancy?

A viable pregnancy is one that is developing and growing with a detectable heartbeat. An ultrasound is the only way to determine if a pregnancy is viable. 

Ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of a woman’s uterus. With ultrasound, a physician can measure the developing fetus to determine its gestational age (how far along a woman is in her pregnancy) and detect a heartbeat.

How Can I Be Certain I’m Pregnant?

Your first step in determining pregnancy is a pregnancy test. At-home tests are reliable but have different levels of sensitivity. You need to ensure the test you take is sensitive enough to detect early pregnancy. 

A pregnancy test only indicates the possibility of pregnancy. An ultrasound exam verifies if the pregnancy is viable. Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to confirm your pregnancy.

Can I Have A Positive Pregnancy Test and Not Be Pregnant?

Although unusual, it is possible to get a false positive on a pregnancy test. However, it is possible to get a positive result on a pregnancy test when you have miscarried. 

The Mayo Clinic states that up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The percentage could be higher because many miscarriages happen before a woman realizes she’s pregnant. 

Your body takes time to stop the production of pregnancy hormones, so it’s possible to get a positive test result but no longer be pregnant. If you have miscarried, an abortion is unnecessary.

Can I Get An Abortion After Seven Weeks In Texas? 

An abortion provider must perform an ultrasound 24-hours before an abortion. The purpose of the ultrasound is to record a fetal heartbeat. If a heartbeat is detected, it is illegal to complete an abortion. 

A fetal heartbeat may not be detected because it is too early in your pregnancy or you have already had a miscarriage. 

Can I Buy The Abortion Pill Online?

The Texas law states, “A manufacturer, supplier, physician, or any other person may not provide to a patient any abortion-inducing drug by courier, delivery, or mail service.” You are still required to have an ultrasound 24-hours in advance of medication abortion. Therefore, it’s essential to see a physician in person first. 

How We Can Help You

You might be feeling alone and afraid if you’ve discovered you’re unexpectedly pregnant. We’re here to help you. Schedule an appointment with Cleburne Pregnancy Center for free and confidential pregnancy testing. If your test is positive, we also provide free and confidential limited ultrasound exams. 

You are not alone. Our compassionate team is available to support you. Come see us today!