Navigating what elective abortion access looks like after the overturning of Roe v. Wade can be overwhelming. Abortion is currently permitted throughout pregnancy, with no restrictions, in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont.
The availability of elective abortion access varies from state to state. This blog explains the current situation in New York and in other states where it is regulated or banned completely.
What Are Abortion Regulations in New York?
New York allows elective abortions up to “viability,” which is the stage of pregnancy when a medical professional determines that there is a likelihood for a fetus to survive outside of the uterus.
After viability, abortion is available if the woman’s life or health is endangered by the pregnancy.
Where is Abortion Banned?
After Roe v. Wade was overturned, elective abortion stopped being a federally protected right, and the authority to regulate or protect abortion access is determined by each of the individual states. Restrictions are decided through the court, legislature, or the ballot box.
As of February 2023, elective abortion is almost completely banned in 13 states. Other states have varying restrictions (such as Florida’s 15-week ban), but it’s an ever-changing landscape as abortion restrictions play out in the judicial or legislative process of each state.
If you are considering an elective abortion in New York, the best first step is to gather more information with an ultrasound.
Ultrasounds can confirm if you are pregnant, how long you have been pregnant, and if the pregnancy is located in the uterus (non-ectopic).
If the ultrasound reveals that you have an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage, this will require a procedure other than an elective abortion.
All of these details can help you better understand your health and your options for surgical abortion or the abortion pill.
At Life Choices Center, we provide a compassionate environment for you to ask questions, gain information and receive recommended screenings (referrals for onsite ultrasounds) to help you make educated and informed decisions for your reproductive health and safety. We are here to support you. Contact us today!