Are you pregnant and contemplating an abortion? Do you have questions about which type of abortion to pursue? Surgical abortion, medical abortion, the abortion pill, age of viability… the jargon and the current abortion laws can be hard to keep straight. We’ve done some digging to give you a head start!
What Is The Cut-off Gestational Age For an Abortion?
The answer to this question is twofold. In Ohio, a medical abortion, which is performed using the abortion pill, can be obtained up until a fetal heartbeat is detected, which for most women is 6 weeks. In states with more liberal abortion laws, a woman may opt for this method until no more than 10 weeks, or 70 days, from the first day of her last menstrual period. Beyond this cut-off, a medical abortion may no longer be safe for a woman.
After 10 weeks, a surgical abortion must be performed. However, this is no longer a legal option in the state of Ohio.
Other Abortion Laws In Ohio
There are a few more laws to be mindful of when considering abortion in Ohio. One of the more commonly discussed laws is the clause mandating that a face to face counseling and education session take place between a licensed practitioner and the woman contemplating abortion no less than 24 hours before an abortive procedure is performed.
Another law impacting women in Ohio is that which mandates all minors to have parental consent before an abortion procedure.
Abortions in Ohio cannot be covered by state-provided insurance unless a woman’s life is in danger as a result of carrying the pregnancy.
And all abortions, even medical abortions via ‘the pill’, must be performed in the presence of licensed medical professionals. An abortion pill obtained online or over the phone is not FDA approved and is more likely to be placebo and unsafe.
What Bella Has To Offer
Bella Women’s Center specializes in creating a personalized plan just for you! Our licensed sonographer performs ultrasound testing that will determine whether the pregnancy is located in utero or if it’s an ectopic pregnancy; our team of patient advocates will use that information to guide you through the options available to you.* The staff at Bella is dedicated to empowering women to make the best decisions for themselves. If you are pregnant and thinking about having an abortion, Contact us for an appointment today or call 330-993-0604.
*Because Bella Women’s Center is not an abortion provider, we are not required to report ultrasound results. Our scans are for your educational and decision making purposes only.