With the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, states are moving quickly to enforce their own laws on elective abortion. There are a lot of nuances to the implications of this overturning, but the fact remains: Elective abortion is not illegal in all 50 states, and it remains unrestricted in the state of New Jersey.
Read this article for common questions after the overturning of Roe v. Wade and how it impacts abortion access for women everywhere.
Is Abortion Now Illegal in All 50 States?
As mentioned above, it is not illegal in all 50 states, but elective abortion is now banned in at least 12 states with more possibly adding restrictions in the near future.
There are 15 states where abortion remains completely legal (New Jersey is one of them). To look at this list in greater detail, please view the maps here.
Other states have varying restrictions, such as limiting abortions to no later than 15 or 20 weeks of pregnancy or providing different exceptions.
Will Women Be Able to Receive the Medical Care They Need?
The Supreme Court’s ruling addressed only the policy of elective abortion procedures directly.
This ruling did not affect necessary treatments for pregnancy-related conditions such as miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancies. It is still legal for women to receive life-saving medical care.
What Does This Mean for New Jersey?
In January 2022, the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act was signed into law, making elective abortion a constitutional right in New Jersey. The reversal of Roe does not change that.
This means there is unrestricted abortion access in our state. If you’re considering the abortion pill or an in-clinic abortion, there are free health screenings available to help you better understand your health and the procedures you are eligible for.
Free and Confidential Women’s Health Services in Salem, New Jersey
Our clinic offers lab-quality pregnancy testing as well as ultrasounds, which can provide valuable information, such as the location and progression (number of weeks) of the pregnancy.
If the ultrasound scan reveals that a woman has had a miscarriage or is experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, she may need medical attention that differs from an elective abortion. For your peace of mind, rule this out first.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment! Your health is our priority.