Abortion is a permanent decision that terminates a pregnancy. While individual state laws regarding abortion are constantly changing, at the time of this writing, Ohio has numerous abortion restrictions in place. 

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, read on to learn what these restrictions are and what they mean for you. 

Abortion Banned at Six Weeks of Pregnancy

By six weeks into a pregnancy, the fetal heartbeat can be detected on an ultrasound. Abortions after this week of pregnancy are banned in Ohio. 

If you’ve received a positive result on a pregnancy test, it’s important to receive an ultrasound to determine how far along you are, as this will help decide your possible next steps. 

Counseling Services Needed Beforehand

Before receiving an abortion, counseling services are required. This entails meeting with a counselor in person and talking through the abortion process. Afterward, a 24-hour waiting period is required before an abortion can be scheduled.

Parents’ Consent Required

If you are underage, your parents must give their consent before you can get an abortion. If you haven’t told your parents about your pregnancy, now is a good time.

The idea of telling your parents can make you feel anxious–you might be stressed about what they’ll say or how they’ll see you. However, the sooner you tell them, the better. Having the news out in the open will make you less stressed because you won’t be hiding the news anymore.

If you’re worried that telling your parents will put your safety at risk, telling them in a public place or bringing a supportive friend or relative is important. 

Next Steps

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel scary, but you’re not alone. Whether you’re considering an abortion or looking for someone to talk to about what to do next, we can help. We offer free ultrasounds, other support services, and a listening ear. Contact us today for a confidential appointment.