With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many states have spent the past few months deciding their stance on abortion through the legislative process. Some states have restricted abortion access, while others have decided to protect it.
In the state of Indiana, legislators passed a new law to terminate the licenses of abortion clinics so abortions can only be performed in hospitals or an ambulatory outpatient surgical center owned by a licensed hospital. In general, abortions became prohibited.
However, in September a judge temporarily blocked the new abortion ban from being enforced due to questions of the law violating Indiana’s constitution. The law is now up in the air and abortion is currently legal.
What Are the Current Abortion Laws in Indiana?
If the recent abortion law remains, abortion will be banned with a few exceptions such as if the woman’s life is danger, rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities that can prove fatal. These exceptions are capped at 20 weeks postfertilization, which is generally when the fetus is considered to be viable outside the womb.
Abortion is currently legal, but this could change depending on the Indiana court ruling.
How Does This Affect Women’s Access to Healthcare?
Many women are concerned they will lose access to treatment for pregnancy-related health issues, such as high-risk pregnancies, ectopic pregnancies, or the common occurrence of miscarriage, which can be as common as 1 in 5 pregnancies.
No matter if the current law remains blocked or not, there’s no legal limitation on access to life-saving or preventative healthcare in incidents relating to pregnancy.
Before Scheduling an Abortion
If you are considering an abortion, it’s important to gather all the information you need about your health.
At Crisis Pregnancy Center, we offer no-cost pregnancy services such as free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. If you schedule an ultrasound with us, this can help confirm if the pregnancy is still viable, how far it has progressed, and whether or not it is an ectopic pregnancy requiring medical intervention.
We are here to support you and empower you to make the decision that’s best for you, so contact us today!