You’ve heard that there is chance that Roe v. Wade could be overturned in the coming months. Everyone seems to have an opinion, but if you just found out that you’re unexpectedly pregnant, the idea that Roe v. Wade may be overturned is probably just adding to the fear and confusion you may already be feeling.
You might have questions. As someone whom this decision will directly impact, you deserve answers. What does it really mean? What is going to change? What will stay the same?
What Will Remain the Same?
Perhaps it is more useful to focus, first, on what will remain the same, regardless of the ruling.
- You will still have options,
- It will still be important that you are well-informed about all of your options.
- It will still be important that you confirm the location and viability of your pregnancy, as well as how far along you are, before making a decision.
That is why an organization, like the Cline Center, will still be your best first step. The Cline Center can offer you free medical services, like lab grade pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. The Cline Center can also offer you the options counseling, information, and resources that you need. No cost to you. No insurance necessary.
What is the most critical thing that will not change? You still have support. You will still have resources. You still have hope. There are so many people waiting to meet you exactly where you are, walk alongside of you as you make an informed choice, and offer you the support and resources you need to thrive: including counseling, material help, support groups, support after abortion, parenting classes, and community connections.
What Does This Really Mean?
If the supreme court’s decision concerning the Dobbs v. JWHO case does result in an overturn of Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion on a federal level in 1973, this will mean that abortion laws will be decided on a state-by-state basis. Many believe that the overturn of Roe v. Wade will mean that abortion is outlawed altogether, but this is not true.
In Mississippi, there has been a trigger law, set in place since 2007, which dictates that 10 days after Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion will become illegal, in all three trimesters of pregnancy, with exceptions in cases of rape, where there are formal charges, and cases in which the life of the mother is threatened.
What Is Going to Change?
So, what is going to change? The only thing that will change is that abortion will be less accessible. You will no longer be able to terminate your pregnancy in the state of Mississippi, unless yours is a case of sexual assault, or a case in which your life, as the mother, is threatened.
In a world in which everything seems to be uncertain and shifting, you need to know what you can count on. If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you can count on non-judgmental, medically sound, objective, and confidential care at The Cline Center.
Call 601-487-1064, today.