When Roe v. Wade was overturned last June, many false claims circulated, causing confusion about what the ruling actually meant. Many people are still confused, so we’re here to help set the record straight.
Did Roe v. Wade Make Abortion Illegal for Women?
According to the Washington Examiner, abortion is not illegal at the federal level. “The Constitution no longer guarantees the right to an abortion, but that does not mean access to the procedure has been removed nationwide.”
So technically, the choice to have an abortion still exists for women who are willing to travel to states where it is legal.
The overturning of Roe vs. Wade may have limited abortion but it did not take away rights for women. If anything, it has paved the way for many states to legislate new laws and support programs that assist women in their healthcare journey through pregnancy and post-partum, procuring a woman’s right to good healthcare.
What Has Changed for Women Since Roe V. Wade?
One benefit of the Supreme Court ruling is that the healthcare needs of women have become a hot topic in courtrooms all over the nation.
This means that women are actually getting more help and better healthcare than they have in the past. Many states have stepped up to create new programs or add additional funding to help pay for prenatal and postpartum care for women.
In Missouri, there is now a program called the Alternatives to Abortion program. The state will actually help you carry your baby to term instead of having an abortion. Free services include everything from housing, food, clothing, job training, job placement, and much more. They can help you with adoption assistance or parenting classes if you choose to go that route.
And at our clinic, we continue to offer no-cost ultrasounds, pregnancy confirmation, STI testing, and counseling.
What Can You Do?
As an American woman, you have rights. You have choices. And you have a bright future.
Changes in laws at the federal level have not really stripped anything away from you. You can still get an abortion. You can still choose adoption. You can still choose to parent. You can still access good healthcare. You can still find help for your pregnancy. You can still have a successful career.
If you choose it, you can have more than one of those things at the same time.
If you have an unexpected pregnancy and don’t know what to do next, please call us today.