Quick breakdown of the overturning of Roe v. Wade

What happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

If Roe v. Wade is overturned it means laws regarding abortions will be handled at the state level. Therefore, voters of each state may vote on how much abortion is restricted in their state. It is not banning abortions but rather giving states the power to the popular vote.

Will women be criminalized if they have a miscarriage?

No. Women will never be criminalized for having a miscarriage. A miscarriage is very different than an abortion. Unfortunately, sometimes miscarriages happen and often it is not preventable. Most of the time it is nothing you did wrong but if you experience consecutive miscarriages or more than two it is advised to speak with a medical professional to figure out why this is happening and if it can be prevented in future pregnancies.

What if I become pregnant and my life is at risk?

Your life is valuable so it is important to receive care of you are pregnant. High risk pregnancies are not common but they do occur, situations such as your age or prior health issues can increase your risk. If your pregnancy is determined to be high risk it is important to take steps to ensure your pregnancy is safe for you and your baby.

Will I be able to access birth control?

Not all birth control will not be affected with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. IUDs, a specific type of birth control, may be affected depending on your state. IUDs work in two ways, one of which stops the implantation of a fertilized egg. If a states voters agree with the scientific approach that life begins at conceptions then legislation restricting IUDs may be appropriate for that state.

You can read about birth control options here.

Birth control also poses a number of health risks. Natural family planning may be a better option for you. You can read about it here.

Will I be able to have an abortion?

It depends on what state you live in.

Where can I find free or reduced cost care if I’m pregnant?

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Where can I find free or reduced cost care if I’m not pregnant?

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