According to the new legislation, once a fetal heartbeat has been detected (typically around the 6th week of pregnancy), abortion is prohibited. No exceptions are made for cases of rape or incest, but some exceptions can be made in cases where the pregnancy is endangering the mother’s life or long-term health.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I GO TO AN ABORTION CLINIC?
As of September 1, 2021, abortions are illegal if a fetal heartbeat is detected. This means that before any abortion procedures are performed, the abortion provider must administer a sonogram to determine if there is a fetal heartbeat and record their findings. If a follow up appointment is required, the sonogram must be performed again to ensure there is no fetal heartbeat.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR GETTING AN ABORTION AFTER A HEARTBEAT IS DETECTED?
If a fetal heartbeat is detected and the abortion provider decides to move forward with the abortion, they are breaking the law and will face legal repercussions.
In addition, any individuals who knowingly assist the mother in getting an abortion can be held liable in a civil suit. Examples of this would be the medical staff assisting in performing the abortion, friends or family members that help with covering the costs of the abortion, as well as drivers who take the mother to and from the abortion clinic.
ARE TELEMEDICINE ABORTIONS PERMITTED?
Under the new law, it is illegal to obtain abortion medications from anyone other than a medical provider, as it is required that you receive a sonogram in person by the physician prescribing the pills. This sonogram must be performed 24 hours before taking abortion medication.
WHAT IF I TAKE THE ABORTION PILL AND CHANGE MY MIND?
The abortion pill is actually a process of taking two different types of medication. If you have only taken the first pill, it is still possible to change your mind. Visit abortionpillreversal.com to learn more and get connected with professionals who can help you begin the abortion reversal process. The sooner you begin the reversal process, the greater your chances are of saving your pregnancy.
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