If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are probably wondering how the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade affects us in Indiana. Read this article for the significance of the recent ruling and how it affects abortion access moving forward.
What Does It Mean That Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on Roe v. Wade found elective abortion (an abortion without meeting medical criteria) to be covered by the “right to privacy” clause of the Constitution.
With the recent overruling of Roe in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court determined that the Constitution does not cover elective abortion access. Each individual state now has the authority to restrict or provide elective abortion access.
Does Indiana Currently Grant Abortion Access?
After the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in 2022, Indiana enacted a new total ban on abortion, which took effect on June 30, 2023.
Abortion is legal for up to 22 weeks, but Indiana’s near-total abortion ban will begin as soon as Aug. 1. This new law prohibits all abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or when the mother’s life is at risk.
Will the Roe Reversal Limit Women’s Access to Healthcare?
The court decision does not affect women’s healthcare services, such as STD testing and medically-necessary care.
If a woman has a high-risk or ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or natural miscarriage, her treatment options will remain the same.
What Happens Next?
If you’re considering traveling for an abortion, the best first practical step is to schedule a lab-quality, self-guided pregnancy test at our center today to be sure of your pregnancy.
We offer referrals for an ultrasound, which is important to determine important details like the location of your pregnancy, how far along you are, and whether you may be experiencing any potential pregnancy complications that could make you ineligible for an abortion procedure.
Our caring and non-judgmental team is here to help you get your questions answered. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!