While abortion is a legal right according to federal law, every state has its own legislation regarding it. If you are considering an abortion in this state, here are the current Ohio abortion laws you should be familiar with:
Ohio Minor Law
If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian provide consent prior to an abortion. They must also come with you to your clinic appointment.
Ohio Viability Law
Once the fetus has become viable, it is no longer legal in the state of Ohio to have an abortion. According to Ohio abortion laws, viability is determined by a doctor who must test any fetus that is further than 20 weeks along.
Ohio’s 24-Hour Informed Consent Law
This law requires that women receive specific information about abortion at least 24 hours before getting one. This occurs during a one-on-one meeting with a licensed physician and is in place to help empower women with medically-accurate facts about the procedure.
Affordable Care Act
Health care plans offered in the state of Ohio under the Affordable Care Act cover abortions only under the specific circumstances of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is endangered by continuing the pregnancy.
What’s happening with Ohio abortion laws?
In mid-November of 2018, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 258, also known as a heartbeat bill. If signed into law, this would prohibit abortive procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can usually be found as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. While it’s not currently a law, it’s important to understand that Ohio abortion laws are constantly changing. Make sure to do research and be informed about the various laws before seeking an abortion.
Why are there so many laws regarding abortion?
Aside from being a medical procedure, there are many conflicting moral and ethical viewpoints regarding abortion. These laws are in place to allow women to be informed and have the time they need to consider their options during an intensely emotional time.
What is my next step?
Before you begin considering your options you need to confirm your pregnancy. Aim Women’s Center can help by offering no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. There is no insurance needed, and everything is completely confidential – even if you’re a minor.
If you are or think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, we are here to help with medically-accurate information and professional care. Schedule an appointment for one-on-one help and answers to any questions you have.
This content is purely for informational purposes and should not be taken as legal advice.