What Does an Overturn of Roe Mean to Me as a Woman in Virginia?

What does an overturn of Roe mean to me as a woman in Virginia?

There’s a lot of noise out there. It sounds angry – and frightening. We’ve lived under the ruling of Roe v. Wade for almost 50 years. For many of us, that’s our entire life. So what does it even mean to “Overturn Roe?” And how will the overturn affect us, personally, as women living here in Virginia?

It means a few things. To be clear, though, there are also some things it doesn’t mean.

Overturning Roe doesn’t mean that abortion is illegal throughout the United States. Rather, instead of abortion being legally protected at the national level, each state will have to individually determine whether or not abortion will continue to be legal within its borders.

Under Roe, abortion was legally protected in every state, with each state deciding how “legal” was practiced– like how far along a woman could be and still get an abortion, who could legally perform the abortion, and what had to happen before the abortion.

As we’ve waited on the Supreme Court’s decision, the new language we’ve lived with over these past few weeks has centered on “throwing Roe back to the states.” With the overturn of Roe, each state now has to answer the abortion question for itself.

So now, Virginia will have the power to decide the legality of abortion within its borders. To be clear, Virginia has the option to leave it just as it was when Roe was the law of the land. If that’s the case, things will likely continue just as they are, which will no doubt be the case for other states as well.

And while fear seems to be rampant, so does incorrect information. So let us help settle some of those fears.

Overturning Roe doesn’t mean miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and stillbirths will be handled differently than they were under Roe. After all, miscarriagesectopic pregnancies, and stillbirths aren’t elective abortions, and they’ve never been governed by Roe. Here in Hampton Roads, local medical providers express confidence that the overturning of Roe will not lessen the medical care provided to women in any of these scenarios. That’s good news, Virginia!

Additionally, here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we’ve provided pregnancy services for thousands of local women over the past three decades. And you know what? We’ve learned from the women we’ve served. Even with Roe in place, women in unplanned pregnancies often felt scared and alone. We know that won’t change with the overturning of Roe – women will continue to need support and services as they face their unplanned pregnancies.

Another thing that won’t change?

The role of Alcove Health Women’s Clinic here in our community. We are still here. We are still the best first call for pregnant women on the Virginia Peninsula. With or without Roe, women in unplanned pregnancies still need a safe space to process their pregnancies, understand their options, and receive medically necessary services. We will continue to provide them with what they need – with services including pregnancy testingultrasoundsSTI testing, and options consultations.

That’s how we’ve helped pregnant women for more than 30 years – and that’s how we will continue to help. Still for free. Still confidentially. Because it’s what we do! The overturning of Roe won’t change that. We still see you, Virginia, and we still want to help.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to schedule your free medical appointment, please call or click here today.

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

June 24, 2022



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I’m Pregnant and I Don’t Know What To Do in York County Virginia

Facing an unplanned pregnancy in York County and don't know what to do
Facing an unplanned pregnancy in York County and don't know what to do

I'm Pregnant & I Don't Know What to Do . . .

. . . in York County, Virginia

York County has a lot to offer. While fun times and entertainment get a lot of attention, sometimes we need something different. Sometimes something unexpected happens – like an unplanned pregnancy. Each year, close to 100 York County women experiences an unplanned pregnancy. Life can be complicated, right?

In times like this, you want a place that can give you what you need – from people who will treat you right. You deserve that. 

So, facing an unplanned pregnancy, where do you find that kind of help and those kinds of people? 

Turn to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic – they provide that kind of help and they are those kinds of people. What’s more, they are centrally located in Newport News, just minutes outside of York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic will give you the help you need – like a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and a safe space to discuss your options, all just a short drive from York County.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is the perfect answer to a stressful, “What do I do next?” question.

And, since all of our services are FREE, money is never a stressor. That’s right, all of the services we provide are free and CONFIDENTIAL. No tricks or gimmicks.

There’s an added value in going to a clinic in your local area. The staff in the clinic are well aware of different services in the area – like food and clothing assistance,  transitional housing, and additional free medical services – all located in or near York County. 

At a time like this, it’s important for you to get all the help you need. While the pregnancy may be the most urgent, why not get help with your pregnancy decision AND help with any additional services you need?

It’s the beauty of a local clinic. We live here. We know the area. We can help. Call us today for judgment-free assistance so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health and other areas in your life.

Always free. Every time. CALL for your appointment today or click HERE to schedule.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

March 30, 2021



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