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What Roe Reversal Means for Abortion in South Carolina

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe V. Wade, the decision that made abortion legal at the national level. This means that the legality of abortion moved back to the states and each state has its own laws about abortion pills and procedures.


No matter what changes in the months or years ahead, we’re committed to providing the best care and support we can to women and families facing pregnancy decisions in our community.


We are open and here for you.


NOTE: Laws are subject to change. The information below is accurate as of July 2022.


Can I still get an abortion in South Carolina? Can anyone get an abortion after 6 weeks?


Yes. However, it is now illegal for a doctor or abortion provider to prescribe the abortion pill or perform an abortion procedure in South Carolina after 6 weeks of gestation. If you think you may be more than 6 weeks pregnant, contact us to learn more. After 6 weeks, abortion is legal when medically necessary to save the mother's life.


*In cases of rape or incest an abortion is legal up to 20 weeks gestation.


Note: Treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is not an abortion and is still legal.


If I am more than 6 weeks pregnant and want an abortion, what are my options?


If you are pregnant and considering abortion, we’re still your first step. Come see us and learn about all the options available to you.


No matter how the law changes in the coming months or years, our doors will remain open. We will continue to provide cost-free and necessary services like ultrasounds, options and resources, and support for women facing unexpected pregnancies.


Is ordering the abortion pill online a safe alternative?


It is illegal to order abortions by mail after 6 weeks as well. While at-home abortions and abortion by mail have increased, there is a reason the FDA has issued warnings about ordering abortion pills online. There have been cases of pills being laced or altered, and women have been hospitalized or died as a result. The official warning can be found here.


Do Not Buy Mifeprex or its Approved Generic Over the Internet


You should not buy Mifeprex or its approved generic over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.


Mifeprex and its approved generic have special safety restrictions on how it is distributed to the public. Also, drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities.


What can I do?


If you think you are pregnant or are considering an abortion, make an appointment today. As things continue to change, we will make sure you are equipped with the most up-to-date information and options available to you. While we do not provide or refer for abortion services, you can get the answers you need to make an informed choice.


Your Next Steps


Your first step is to confirm your pregnancy and how far along you are with an ultrasound. An ultrasound can also determine if the pregnancy is occurring inside your uterus.


An ultrasound is needed to confirm:

  • If the pregnancy is viable

  • How far along you are

  • The location and type of the pregnancy


Make an appointment today. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to you.


References:

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/abortion-laws-by-state


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