The Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973 to allow women to terminate a pregnancy without needing to meet specific medical criteria, such as a life-threatening diagnosis.
What Does the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Mean?
In 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that it was not constitutional for the termination of a pregnancy to remain a federally-protected right.
Instead, the Court handed the power to legislate abortion back to the individual state governments to decide on this matter for their states.
What Does This Mean for Pennsylvania?
Currently, the state of Pennsylvania already has several restrictions on abortion. These have not been affected by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a few of these standing regulations are:
- Abortions after 24 weeks are not permitted
- Those seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours and receive counseling to obtain informed consent
- Minors seeking an abortion must have a legal guardian or judge’s approval
- Terminating a pregnancy based on gender preference is not allowed
Not isolated to Pennsylvania, maternal health and well-being are considered with utmost importance.
If a woman’s life becomes endangered at any point during a pregnancy, medical options and treatments are always available to preserve her life.
We are here to help provide you with knowledge, support, and understanding.
At Alpha Omega Center we provide free services such as no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing, and options counseling for your care and convenience. Our goal is to assist you in understanding all your possibilities and give you the knowledge to make an informed decision. Make your confidential appointment here for whatever your needs, and allow us to serve you.