Texas has been the center of controversy regarding the abortion issue since Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8, called The Texas Heartbeat Act, into law on September 1st, 2021. What does this mean if you are a woman experiencing an unexpected pregnancy? Essentially, the Heartbeat bill prohibits any woman from having an abortion once cardiac activity (a fetal heartbeat) is detected through an ultrasound. A fetal heartbeat can be detected approximately six weeks after conception.

What happens if a fetal heartbeat is detected?

Once a heartbeat is detected, abortion is prohibited, regardless of gestational age (how many weeks you are pregnant). There are many reasons why a woman can have a positive pregnancy test, and a heartbeat cannot be detected on a sonogram.

What happens if you don’t see a fetal heartbeat?

It may be too early in your pregnancy for a heartbeat to be detected, or your pregnancy may not be viable. 1 in 5 pregnancies naturally ends in miscarriage. Another reason you may not detect a fetal heartbeat is due to an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening when left untreated.

What if I go to an abortion clinic?

When the Heartbeat bill took effect on September 1st, 2021, it restricted abortion clinics from providing and performing abortions in Texas when a sonogram detects a heartbeat. Abortion providers are now required to perform a sonogram to determine if a heartbeat is present and record the findings. If further appointments are needed, another sonogram must be performed to confirm the heartbeat status. If a fetal heartbeat is found and the abortion provider still performs the abortion, the abortion provider is in violation of the law.

What about the people who help me get an abortion?

Texas law now says that any person(s) who knowingly assists in abortion after a heartbeat is detected can be held liable in a civil suit. This includes the abortion doctor, nurse, or other individuals employed by the abortion clinic. This can also include a boyfriend, friends, or family member(s) who provide transportation to the abortion or pay for the abortion.

Can I obtain “Abortion Pills” from an alternative source?

Obtaining abortion-inducing medications (abortion pills) from any source other than a medical provider is prohibited by Texas Law. Before seeking a chemical abortion, Texas law requires a sonogram 24 hours before starting the medication. If no fetal heartbeat is detected, the sonogram must be done in person by the physician providing the chemical abortion.

What if I take the pill and change my mind?

The abortion pill is a two-part process. If you begin the chemical abortion process and only take the first pill, you can still change your mind. Click here to be connected with a medical professional who can help with the reversal process. The sooner the reversal process begins, the greater the likelihood of preserving the pregnancy.

Are there risks of traveling to obtain an abortion?

There are potential risks when choosing an abortion provider outside your local area. The medical provider must be easily accessible in case of complications such as hemorrhaging etc. It

is also imperative to go back to the same abortion provider for follow-up appointments to ensure the abortion is complete. If not, an infection may occur.

What if I already had an abortion?

You are not alone! There are many feelings associated with abortion, making it hard to discuss. However, we are here for you through various platforms, including individual professional counseling and support groups. No matter what you are feeling, we are here to help.

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