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A Guide to Abortion Laws in Ohio

The news around Ohio’s abortion laws, and abortion laws across the United States, is evolving daily. If you have any questions about the latest abortion law information, please do not hesitate to call Adoptions With Love.

Abortion laws have been changing rapidly in the United States. Ohio abortion laws have experienced changes, too. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and living in Ohio, you may be thinking about terminating your pregnancy. But is that an option for you?

Facing an unplanned abortion is an overwhelming experience. Although you may be feeling scared and alone, know there are resources to help. We are here for you.

Read on, as we explain the new Ohio abortion laws and the choices you have as an expectant parent in 2023.  What is important to know is that currently, abortion is legal in Ohio up until 22 weeks of pregnancy.  Read on to understand more fully.


The Current Abortion Laws in Ohio

In October 2019, Senate Bill 23 was passed in Ohio. This trigger ban took effect once the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

The new law would ban any abortions performed after six weeks of pregnancy, around the time cardiac activity is detected in a fetus.

Many women do not know they are pregnant by six weeks gestation. Six weeks is very early. This ban does not consider cases of rape or incest. The only exception to the law is if there is a medical emergency, or an immediate threat to the life of the expectant mother.

So far, the trigger ban has been blocked by a judge in Cincinnati. In October 2022, he issued a preliminary restriction against the new Ohio abortion law indefinitely. As of this writing, the injunction has not been changed.

As a result, abortion is legal in Ohio up until 22 weeks of pregnancy.

Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options in Ohio

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy in Ohio, you will want to know all your choices before considering your next step. You have the following options:

  • Abortion (up until the 22-week mark)
  • Adoption
  • Parenthood


If you are considering abortion, you may want to speak with a medical professional first. There are two types of abortions: procedural and medication. Each has its own set of side effects and risks. Speak with a doctor before determining if – and which type of – abortion is right for you.

If you decide that abortion is not right for you, there are two other choices.


Parenthood is a big commitment, and many expectant mothers consider this option. Before you decide on parenthood, you should consider how this choice will change your life. How will you support a growing family? How will you pursue your education and/or career goals? Do you have a network of support? Can you offer a child a stable home life? These are just a few of the factors to consider before deciding to raise a child.


A third option remains: Adoption. Adoption is a very positive choice. It can be very emotional. However, those who choose adoption do so in the best interest of their child. Adoption allows birth parents to give their child a better life than they can provide themselves, at the time.

If you are thinking about placing your baby for adoption in Ohio, then you are already putting your child’s needs before your own. You are thinking of the love and opportunities that your child may have with an adoptive family.

Choosing adoption brings many benefits for birth parents. In choosing adoption, you would have the power to choose the child’s adoptive parents. You could also determine the type of adoption plan you want to have – open, semi-open, or closed adoption.

Your adoption specialist can help you determine the type of plan that best meets your needs. An adoption agency can offer you comprehensive services – at no cost to you – including compassionate counseling and legal assistance. An adoption agency, such as Adoptions With Love, can offer you an adoption team that is experienced in Ohio abortion laws and can keep you informed of your rights.

If you would like to learn more about adoption in Ohio, contact Adoptions With Love today. We can listen to you and answer any questions you may have, free of obligation or commitment. Call us any time of day, any day of the week at 800-722-7731, text us confidentially at 617-777-0072, or contact us online.

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