Roe v. Wade: Separating Fact from Fiction  

A lot of misinformation has been mixed with fact since the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Following is helpful information to help separate fact from fiction. 

Is Abortion Completely Banned? 

In short, the answer is no. The ruling by the Supreme Court simply handed the authority to allow or restrict abortion access to each of the individual states.  

Some states had “trigger laws” which immediately banned abortion in their states soon after Roe was struck down, while others, like Illinois, already had state laws or amendments in their state constitutions that allow abortion access in their state. 

Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy 

Some women are concerned that this ruling will affect women’s access to healthcare, such as care for high-risk or ectopic pregnancies. 

Ectopic pregnancies can be as common as 1 in every 50 pregnancies. Treatment of an ectopic pregnancy is not the same as an induced abortion and is unaffected by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Health and Human Services has specifically indicated that no treatment will be withheld from women for this or other emergency pregnancy-related health conditions. 

Abortion Access in Illinois 

The Illinois’ “Reproductive Health Act” (link tohttps://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=3987) states: “Every individual who becomes pregnant has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion, and to make autonomous decisions about how to exercise that right.”  

Considering your pregnancy options? 

At Waterleaf Women’s Center, we offer pregnancy services at no-cost. These services include pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, which are critical no matter what decision you make with your pregnancy. 

We also offer a consultation appointment where you can ask questions about the pregnancy process and discuss your options. Fill out the form on this page or call/text confidentially at 630-360-2256 today to schedule your appointment!  

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