Woman is considering new abortion laws.

For the first time since Roe. v. Wade — the case that legalized abortion in the United States — the U.S. Supreme Court has a right-wing majority, which means changes may be afoot in relation to abortion legislation in this country. In 2021, the state of Ohio has seen particular pushes towards abortion restrictions.

Whether you’re merely interested in abortion law or seeking an abortion, it’s important to stay up-to-date with these potential changes. 

Potential Abortion Law Changes in 2021

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case challenging a Mississippi abortion law that could challenge Roe v. Wade. Right now the case is scheduled for the October 2021 term, with a decision likely not being handed down until summer of 2022. 

While Roe. v Wade continues to maintain abortion’s legal standing on a national level, state legislators in states like Ohio are pushing to introduce bills that will overturn the standing on a state level. 

In recent months, state legislators in Ohio have introduced a bill that will make abortion procedures a felony. If this bill was signed into law, anyone who induces an abortion, or terminates a viable pregnancy, would face fourth-degree felony charges. 

The bill provides an exception to abortions provided in the case where the procedure was necessary to prevent the patient’s death. 

Current Laws Surrounding Abortion in Ohio

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, it’s important to take time to be aware of the laws and restrictions you may face. These laws surround particular medical and counseling protocols that must be followed, rules for those under the age of 18, and financial coverage of abortion procedures. 

Does insurance in Ohio cover abortion procedures? 

Abortion procedures will not be covered by public insurance plans and tax dollars, except in the cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

Can minors get abortions without parental consent? 

In the state of Ohio, minors must receive parental consent before accessing an abortion. This is for the safety of the patient. 

What protocols are taken related to abortion procedures in Ohio? 

  • Before accessing an abortion procedure, patients must first receive information on all of their options, in-person counseling, and undergo a 24-hour waiting period to ensure they have taken the proper time to consider their choice.
  • Patients must obtain an ultrasound before their abortion and be given the option to view the image by the provider.
  • Abortions cannot be performed more than 22 weeks after the last menstrual period, except in cases of life endangerment and severe health complications.
  • FDA protocol must be used when providing a medical abortion.
  • The abortion provider must meet state-mandated standards related to their staff members, equipment, and building. 

How can I access a legal abortion in the state of Ohio? 

As you can see, before accessing an abortion, it’s important to educate yourself regarding the rules and regulations that might impact you and take the necessary steps to ensure you’re within the bounds of the law. 

The most important step to take before you access abortion is scheduling an appointment for an ultrasound scan. Not only are ultrasounds legally required in Ohio, but they’re a vital part of gathering information on your pregnancy and unique health circumstances. Your ultrasound scan will provide you with insight into the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy — factors that could impact your abortion options and the safety of the procedure you choose.

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