What is the Time Limit on Abortions in NY?

Because of the recent political activity, there has been a lot of discussion about abortion laws. Many states with more conservative abortion laws have recently experienced a shift in policy due to new legislation. Fortunately, New York is not one of those states. It is, however, still important to take note of the laws governing the abortion process in New York. Read on to learn about how a Long Island abortion is limited in the state of New York, depending upon the type and the duration of the pregnancy.


What are the Different Types of Abortion?

When weighing the pros and cons of receiving an abortion procedure, women should strongly consider the abortion process itself. Many women are turned off from the idea of an abortion by the misconception that it’s necessarily painful. Others do not want the elongated medical procedure. It’s important to determine which abortion procedure is right for you.

Surgical Abortion:

The surgical abortion is most common, and comes to mind most often when people hear the word “abortion”. In this process, the cervix is dilated, and the uterine contents are suctioned out.

Medical Abortion:

Medical abortions are instead reliant on pills. The first pill, taken in the office, halts the growth of the pregnancy. The second aids in dispelling the uterine contents.

For more information about the differences between these two procedures, check out our medical vs surgical abortions page.


When Can You Get A Surgical Abortion?

In the state of New York, women can receive a surgical abortion up to 24 weeks after their last menstrual period. These time restrictions exist for a few reasons, among them the potential for the fetus to experience pain, and the likelihood of the procedure succeeding, without issue. In essence, though, these laws exist because the fetus is considered “viable”. In other words, it would be possible to sustain the fetus’ life with medical care after 24 weeks.

This 24-week abortion period enables women who are in both the first and second trimester of their pregnancy to receive a surgical abortion procedure. So, women who are unaware of their pregnancy– or unsure of how they want to proceed at the beginning– can still receive the procedure.


When Can You Get a Medical Abortion?

Like surgical abortions, there are distinct time regulations in place for medical abortions. Women may receive a medical abortion up to 12 weeks after their last menstrual period, or during the first trimester.

Because the medical abortion can have more intense side effects than surgical procedures, the window of opportunity is shorter. For a medical abortion to be reliable, it must be an early pregnancy termination.


When Can You Take Morning-After Medication?

For women who engage in sexual intercourse regularly, consistent birth control is the best way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

For women who do not take birth control, though, morning after medication is the best option. Also called emergency contraception medication, it must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. It eliminates the chance for the pregnancy to ever take shape.


How Can a Long Island Gynecologist Ensure that the Timing is Accurate?

To ensure that the menstrual period dates provided by patients is accurate, a Long Island gynecologist will perform a sonogram. This procedure will provide insights about the pregnancy, helping them to determine the proper action.


Contact Us

At Stony Brook Women’s Health, we make it a priority to educate our patients about the different aspects of each procedure. Before performing the pregnancy termination procedure, our staff will educate patients about each procedure. Contact us for more information, or to schedule an abortion procedure.