Yes, obtaining an abortion in Massachusetts is legal if you are 23 weeks and six days or less into your pregnancy. The gestational age (the length of time you have been pregnant) begins on the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).
Although you may not be sure about your LMP or are confused by how to date your pregnancy, an ultrasound can determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. At Your Options Medical, we provide no-cost confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to help you determine how far along you are, detect a fetal heartbeat, confirm if the pregnancy is within the uterus, and assess natural miscarriage indicators.
What Are The Current Massachusetts Abortion Laws?
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, there was much confusion over each state’s abortion laws. Although abortion is available in Massachusetts, there are some restrictions.
- You must provide written informed consent.
- Women under the age of 16 must get permission to obtain an abortion from a parent or guardian.
- You cannot obtain an abortion solely based on the sex of the unborn child.
Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?
The Mayo Clinic states up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. They also say the number is possibly higher because many women miscarry before realizing they are pregnant.
Since 1 out of 4 pregnancies ends in a natural miscarriage, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy. One of the fastest, most accurate ways to confirm your pregnancy is to have an ultrasound.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Even though your home pregnancy test was positive, there is more to know. A pregnancy test only indicates the possibility of pregnancy, but an ultrasound answers three important questions:
- How far along is my pregnancy (the gestational age)?
- Is my pregnancy viable (growing), or have I miscarried?
- Is my pregnancy located in the uterus?
Free Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasound
Confirm your pregnancy with no-cost and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasound at Your Options Medical. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, our caring team can help you get the information you need and discuss your options.
We can also provide referrals for STD/STI testing and treatment. Make your free and confidential appointment today.