An unplanned pregnancy can send anyone into a panic. We know how overwhelming it can be, but don’t let fear make any decisions for you! Make sure you get all the facts on abortion in Nebraska, so you can make an informed and empowered decision!
In this article, we’re exploring the Nebraska abortion law regarding ultrasound and the importance of ultrasounds in your unplanned pregnancy journey. If you need to speak privately to a nurse now, call 402-554-1000 for confidential support.
What is the Nebraska Abortion Law? Is Abortion Legal in Nebraska?
At the time of writing this (December 2022), abortions can only be performed up to 20 weeks of pregnancy or 22 weeks since your last period. However, exceptions can be made if the mother’s life is in danger due to the pregnancy.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
Nebraska law also requires you to receive an ultrasound before an abortion. But, you may be wondering why you’d want an ultrasound, especially if you’re thinking about terminating the pregnancy. The answer is that ultrasounds provide the insight needed to make an informed and empowered decision for an unexpected pregnancy! They determine two key things about your pregnancy: viability and gestational age.
What is Pregnancy Viability?
A viable pregnancy means that the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about six weeks, the embryo should have a heartbeat. The goal is to rule out a nonviable pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy—in either case, abortion isn’t needed.
What is Gestational Age?
How far along am I? Your ultrasound can answer that question! It’s important to know how far along you are (also known as your gestational age), as Nebraska law prohibits abortion beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. If you intend to travel out of state for an abortion, be aware that the surrounding areas may prohibit abortion beyond a certain point in your pregnancy as well. Additionally, you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Before spending your money only to find out you aren’t eligible for abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS)! If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for abortion, our compassionate client advocates will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!
Free Ultrasounds in Omaha, NE
No matter where you are in your unplanned pregnancy journey, you aren’t alone! Our trained ultrasound technicians are here to provide the support and vital information needed to make an informed decision.
Please be aware that this article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Our limited ultrasound examination is strictly for the purposes of confirming your pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age. We cannot diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing, pregnancy-related or otherwise.
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