At the time of writing, Michigan allows abortion until the age of viability. The age of viability is when the fetus can survive outside the uterus without medical support. This timing is generally around 24 to 26 weeks of gestation but will depend on each woman’s pregnancy.
There is an exception for abortion during this timeframe when carrying a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life.
Other Abortion Restrictions in Michigan
Michigan has other restrictions in place as well. They serve different purposes, such as notifying legal guardians before abortion in the case of minors or screening for coercion. Coercion is when someone persuades a woman to abort by force or threats.
Before a minor can obtain an abortion procedure, she must provide her consent and receive consent from at least one of her parents or her legal guardian. If her parents or legal guardian are unavailable or refuse to consent, the minor can petition the court for a waiver.
In our state, women must provide informed consent before undergoing an abortion procedure. This law requires the woman to sign a form in which she consents to the procedure and verifies that she has received a physical copy of relevant information at least 24 hours before the scheduled abortion.
Within the informed consent law, abortion providers must share that coercion to abort in Michigan is illegal. This provides a woman with the opportunity to disclose whether someone is forcing her to have an abortion or if she is experiencing domestic violence. If so, the provider will assess the woman’s level of danger and consider safety options.
Insurance Opt-Out Act
In Michigan, insurance companies are prohibited from covering elected abortions unless a woman or employer purchases an add-on to an insurance plan, called an optional rider.
Before seeking an abortion, it’s critical to understand your current health situation by receiving an ultrasound scan. This diagnostic test will provide key details about your pregnancy, such as how long you have been pregnant (gestational age) and whether or not you are experiencing a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy— Ultrasounds aid in safeguarding your sexual health.
Also, understanding the risks, procedures, and pregnancy options available to you will help you make a confident decision for your future.
Sienna Women’s Health provides a safe and confidential setting for you to receive no-cost medical services and support during your unexpected pregnancy. Schedule an appointment today!