If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may be concerned with the recent ruling of the Supreme Court that overturned the decades-old case Roe v. Wade, which federally protected abortion as a right in all 50 states.
Abortion is still legal in New York, but keep reading to learn more about the impact of the June 2022 decision and what to do next as you consider what type of abortion is available to you.
What Does It Mean That Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?
The Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in 1973 by ruling that the right to abortion was included in the “right to privacy and liberty” intent of the U.S. Constitution. The idea was that it was a woman’s right to privacy and personal liberty if she decided to terminate her pregnancy.
The current Supreme Court revisited this in June 2022, deliberating “whether the right to obtain an abortion is rooted in the Nation’s history” and determining that they were “reluctant” to recognize rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution.”
Because the right to elective abortion is no longer federally protected, each state must decide whether to protect or restrict abortion access.
What Are the Abortion Restrictions in New York?
Abortion was legalized in New York in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade. Elective abortion is still legal in the state of New York up to the point of viability, or 24 weeks.
If the woman’s life or health is endangered by the pregnancy, or if the fetus is not viable, abortion is available after 24 weeks.
What if I Am Considering an Abortion?
Know You’re Not Alone
If you are looking for a convenient and quick solution to your unintended pregnancy, you should first know that you are not alone.
You may feel that you are not in a position to be a parent, feel pressured to make a certain decision, or feel worried about what people in your life may think.
However, New York law is clear that the choice is yours: You have “the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”
To confirm these details, we can refer you for an onsite ultrasound at no cost to you.
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At Life Choices Center, we are here to equip you to make the best decision for you.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment!