The overturning of Roe v. Wade has had a different impact on each state. The states can now pass legislation without worrying about it conflicting with the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal throughout the country.
Some states have banned abortion almost entirely, while others have allowed it to remain legal.
What are Michigan’s Current Laws on Abortion?
During this year’s midterm election, the voters approved adding the right to reproductive freedom into Michigan’s state constitution with Ballot Proposal 3. This law will be enacted on December 24, 2022, and guarantees abortion access through fetal viability (approximately 24 weeks).
Legislators will review our state abortion laws with plans to adjust or repeal existing laws to make them comply with the new constitutional amendment. This legal change guarantees abortion remains legal up until the point of viability.
After the fetus is viable, the state could regulate abortion, but “it could not under any circumstances prohibit an abortion that is medically indicated to protect the life, physical health, or mental health of the pregnant individual.”
How Do I Know if I’m Eligible for an Abortion?
It’s essential to be aware of any pre-existing conditions that could disqualify you from getting an abortion:
- Are too far along in your pregnancy
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy)
- Have certain medical conditions
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor or don’t have access to emergency care
- Have an allergy to the medications used
We recommend scheduling an ultrasound as a first step when facing an unplanned pregnancy. This important scan gives you more context, such as the age of the pregnancy, its viability, and whether or not it is ectopic.
These details can determine your eligibility for a procedure, and determine if one is even necessary, so contact our clinic to schedule a no-cost ultrasound. At Sienna Women’s health, we also offer options consultations where you can ask questions in a pressure-free, confidential environment.
No woman should have to walk this journey alone, and we provide an opportunity for you to process your thoughts, ask questions, and learn about your options.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment!