Abortion laws have been rapidly changing across the United States since the June 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Michigan is no exception. Since June 2022 until now, the abortion laws in Michigan have changed. Here are some facts to know.

1. No Gestational Limits on Abortion

Initially, after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Michigan was at a legal standstill due to an existing 1931 abortion law and ongoing court challenges. This law banned abortion in all cases except to save the life of the woman.

In April 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation repealing the 1931 abortion law. Now, abortion can be performed in Michigan without any limits on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.

However, Michigan abortion clinics may set their own abortion limits, such as through 20 to 24 weeks of gestation.

This also doesn’t mean that the abortion pill is available in all stages of pregnancy. This procedure is only FDA-approved for use within the first ten weeks of pregnancy, regardless of state laws.

2. Parental Consent Remains

If a woman seeking an abortion is under the age of 18, she must receive parental consent before an abortion. This law is meant to protect minors by ensuring parents are aware.

However, minors can petition a probate court for a waiver of parental consent if parents are not available or refuse to give their consent.

3. Informed Consent 24 Hours Ahead of Time

Currently, abortion providers must offer information at least 24 hours ahead of an abortion procedure to ensure women are making an informed choice.

Informed Consent includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acknowledging how far along you are (gestational age)
  • Confirming that you know coercion (being forced into an abortion) is illegal
  • Acknowledging that you received medically accurate depictions of her pregnancy at the current stage, information on the medical procedure, and a prenatal care and parenting information pamphlet at least 24 hours before the scheduled abortion.
  • Agreeing that the physician has orally described abortion and pregnancy risks.
  • Acknowledging you received information about what to do and who to contact if complications arise.

Considering an Abortion in Michigan?

A decision to abort is not one to take lightly. Before you decide, make sure you are as informed as possible and have received an ultrasound scan.

An ultrasound will tell you your gestational age (how far along you are), the location of your pregnancy (whether or not it’s ectopic), and if it’s progressing normally or if you have miscarried.

These key details play a role in your health and safety. Schedule an appointment at Sienna Women’s Health for a no-cost ultrasound and to ask any questions you may have about abortion procedures, abortion laws, or your pregnancy.

We’re here to help!