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Adoption in Nevada After Roe v. Wade

By Tyra Watts

The overturn of Roe v. Wade back in June 2022 has impacted this country. In many states, women and those with uteruses cannot terminate a pregnancy, and if they attempt to do so, they can get into a lot of trouble. Despite this, in Nevada, terminating a pregnancy is still legal as long as you’re less than 25 weeks pregnant. Anything over that will not qualify you for terminating a pregnancy, but there are a few exceptions (e.g., to save the pregnant person’s life or to preserve the pregnant person’s general health). In addition, you are allowed to travel out of state to get an abortion. However, if you are someone who does not want to terminate your pregnancy, there are other unwanted pregnancy options. This does not mean that adoption can be a replacement for terminating a pregnancy. 

What is Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade was a decision made by the United States Supreme Court in which the court ruled that women and those with uteruses have the right to terminate a pregnancy. The case was created when a woman named Jane Roe (a pseudonym) filed a lawsuit against Dallas County district attorney Henry Wade to challenge a Texas law that made terminating a pregnancy illegal, with the only exception of saving a woman’s life, ordered by a doctor. The outcome of Roe v. Wade was a 7-2 decision, and it granted the decision of women and those with uteruses the right to abortion. 

However, within the last few years, there have been many people who have disagreed with Roe v. Wade (they are labeled as “Pro-Life” and those who are for terminating a pregnancy are labeled “Pro-Choice”). Back in early May 2022, there was a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. which stated that Roe v. Wade has a possibility of being overturned. More than a month later, in late June 2022, the Supreme Court made a 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Can That Mean Adoption Be a Replacement for Terminating Pregnancy?

No, adoption in Nevada cannot be a replacement for terminating a pregnancy, as stated earlier. There are multiple reasons why. For starters, adoption being a replacement for terminating a pregnancy would be a misrepresentation of the adoption process. Adoption is one of three unwanted pregnancy options, with the other two being the termination of pregnancy and carrying the child, and becoming a parent. Another reason is that adoption is something that you should think long and hard about. It is a long process, and as a birth mother, you have to make a lot of decisions in your adoption plan, depending on the type of adoption you choose (open, semi-open, and closed). 

Does The Overturn of Roe v. Wade Affect The Adoption Process?

No, the overturn of Roe v. Wade does not affect the adoption process. If you are someone who is interested in giving up a child for adoptionAdoption Choices of Nevada are more than happy to help you get started with your adoption. However, if you are someone who is interested in terminating a pregnancy, you are able to get one in the state of Nevada. As stated earlier, terminating a pregnancy is still legal as long as you’re less than 25 weeks and 6 days pregnant. Anything over that will not qualify you to terminate your pregnancy, but there are a few exceptions, such as saving a pregnant person’s life or their general health. 

At Adoption Choices of Nevada, We Are Here To Help

Local adoption agencies are willing to help you with your adoption process, whether it is an Adoption in Las Vegas or Washoe County adoption. We know that the overturn of Roe v. Wade is very scary and has caused some concerns from those who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Nevada are here to tell you that you have an array of options to choose from (terminating the pregnancy, carrying the child and raising it, and adoption). As a birth mother, you have the right to control your pregnancy and make decisions for yourself and your child. If adoption is your final decision, we can assist you with that. 

Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).

Reference:

  • https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/05/03/us/roe-wade-abortion-supreme-court
  • https://www.abortionfinder.org/abortion-guides-by-state/abortion-in-nevada