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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Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Don't give up on your dreams. You can do both!
Don't give up on your dreams. You can do both!

Don't Give Up On Your Dreams

Nothing that lasts is accomplished quickly

Do you ever wish that you could just hit the pause button on life and move on to a new chapter without any negative consequences? While life might be different from only a few moments ago, we women are stepping up in ways we never thought possible.

There are times in our lives that we fail and make the same mistakes over and over again. Have you ever felt like that?

It may seem like we are going through personal hardships, discouragement in our relationships, and one rejection after another. We can be going through trauma so heavy that we just can’t carry one more thing.

You may be saying, I don’t have a supportive significant other, parents, or a friend I can trust… Let me tell you, you were created on purpose to fulfill a role here on earth that is specifically designed for you; your own special wish that your heart made long before you were ever aware of it.

Let’s take a second and acknowledge that it’s a miracle that you are sitting here, battling your way through. Right now, this moment is all about what you really believe. Your belief of what is holding you back can seem really impossible, almost terrifying, but those obstacles do not have to keep you from living out your dream. What was the old saying? “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

Nothing that lasts is accomplished quickly.  You may be scared right now, second-guessing yourself and seeing only obstacles.

Take away the permission to quit!

    1. Determine your desire- what lights your fire and keeps you up at night? Write your dreams down. Pin up your dream somewhere you can see it, so you don’t lose focus.
    2. Take a small step toward it- stop listening to the negativity and research the possibilities. There may be options out there you don’t even know exist. Be brave enough to look for a new plan. 
    3. Learn from taking that step- do not give yourself the permission to quit! No listening to fear or second-guessing yourself.
    4. Take another step- just when you think you can’t handle one more thing, be encouraged to learn that you are stronger than you thought.
    5. Learn from that one- remove the power of people’s opinions, we all have them but are they wise? Are they safe? Is it with you and your well-being in mind, or just that person’s own agenda?

You are worthy of wanting something more!

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we can help.  Click here to schedule your free appointment. Don’t give up on your dreams; call us to schedule your free pregnancy test and receive the support you need to live your dreams!

By Stephanie, Client Advocate

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The Abortion Pill

Information on the abortion pill, which is two medications used to perform a medical abortion
Information on the abortion pill, which is two medications used to perform a medical abortion

THE ABORTION PILL

Have you ever wondered what the abortion pill does and how it works? Have you had your abortion consultation and still have questions about the abortion pill?

Well, the term is called, Medical Abortion and it’s used for under 10 weeks gestation, it’s actually a combination of two different medications, taken two days apart. The first medication is called RU 486, or Mifeprex. It blocks the hormone progesterone from getting to the embryo- causing disconnection from the uterine wall and the heartbeat stops. The second set of pills, called Cytotec or Misoprostol, is taken at home 48 hours later. It causes uterine cramping to expel the pregnancy. Often heavy cramping and bleeding occurs, and could last for up to 1-2 weeks.

IF for any reason, someone changes their mind after taking the first medication, but BEFORE taking the second medication, a reversal protocol could be possible. It’s best to begin the reversal protocol within 72 hours of taking the RU486 pill. High doses of progesterone are used to counteract the RU 486. There is a nationwide hotline number to call that will connect the woman with a medical provider to begin this treatment. The success rate is between 64-68%, meaning their pregnancies continued and they delivered their babies.

If you have taken the Abortion Pill and regret this decision – call the 24-hour hotline 877-558-0333 and they will connect you with a medical professional who can guide you towards reversing the effects of the abortion pill.

At Alcove Health we understand women are making decisions about unplanned pregnancies and we are here to help. If you are considering Abortion, click here.

By Meg, RN, BSN

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