Is Abortion Legal in Texas?

At the time of writing (July 2023), abortion is illegal in Texas. Exceptions can be made for cases of life endangerment to the mother. However, the law still requires women to receive an ultrasound beforehand.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?


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 unplanned 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[1]. 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 you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy[2]. If you’re considering traveling out of state for an abortion, be aware that the surrounding areas may have gestational age limitations as well.

Consider receiving a free ultrasound at Thrive Women’s Clinic! If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along to take the abortion pill, our compassionate 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 Dallas, TX

No matter where you are in your unplanned pregnancy journey, you aren’t alone! Our team of licensed professionals is here to provide the support and vital information needed to make an informed decision.

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