After the Supreme Court’s ruling overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, the power to decide how abortions are handled went back to each state. This decision means every state, including North Carolina, can now independently select the laws their government wishes to pass and enforce on abortion.

What Are the Current Abortion Restrictions in North Carolina?

Currently, abortion is legal in the state of North Carolina through the age of viability (around 24 weeks), and after in cases of life or health endangerment. However, there are several abortion laws in practice that must be observed by anyone wishing to receive this procedure. According to North Carolina General Statutes, some of these regulations include:

  • Minors must have parental, guardian, or judicial permission.
  • Informed consent must be given at least 72 hours before the procedure.
  • An ultrasound must be performed and available for viewing purposes.
  • There will be no abortion access on the basis of gender preferences.
  • Women are provided information regarding medical assistance for continued care (should they continue with the pregnancy).
  • A woman may withdraw her consent at any time, before or during the procedure.

What Should I Do If I Am Considering an Abortion?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, abortion is a big decision that can cause a range of emotions from relief to sadness and guilt. You want to consider your feelings before moving forward.

It is also helpful to be aware of the risks associated with this procedure before making your decision. We recommend speaking with a trusted professional about any concerns or questions you may have. It’s important to consider all risks and mental health tolls abortion can cause.

Some potential risks of medical abortion are:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive System Discomfort

Women should discuss these risks with their health care provider, mental health counselor, or a nurse at a pregnancy center.

What Now?

Life can be unexpected at times, giving us difficult decisions to make.

During this time, we want you to know that you’re worthy of quality care and understanding support. We want to assist you during this time so that you can continue thriving. Contact us today to receive a no-cost pregnancy test, peer counseling session, and an ultrasound to understand your options and how we can best serve you.

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