Why You Need an Ultrasound Before Abortion in Kentucky

Is Abortion Legal in Kentucky?

Currently, Kentucky abortion laws are currently being debated in the courts. In the meantime, abortion is illegal in Kentucky, except in the case of life endangerment to the mother[1].

We strongly recommend receiving an ultrasound before an abortion. Keep reading to find out why.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

You may be wondering why you’d want an ultrasound, especially if you’re considering abortion. The answer is that ultrasounds provide the insight needed to make an informed and empowered decision for an unplanned pregnancy. They determine two key things about your pregnancy: viability and gestational age.

What is Pregnancy Viability?

A viable pregnancy means that, in the early stages, growth and development are progressing as expected. For example, after about 6 weeks gestation, the embryo’s heartbeat can be detected by an ultrasound[2].

This is critical information because a significant number of pregnancies end on their own in miscarriage[3]. The ultrasound also can show if the pregnancy is inside the uterus. A small number of pregnancies form outside the uterus, known as ectopic pregnancy. Not only can ectopic pregnancies be life-threatening, but the abortion pill doesn’t treat them[4]—in either case, abortion is no longer an option to consider.

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We’re there for you before, during, or after an unintended pregnancy situation. From sexual health education, to medical services, pregnancy support, or maternity housing, Clarity seeks to empower men and women to make healthy choices in their pregnancy and sexual health. Our highly qualified staff are here to assist you in your decision-making process. All our services are offered at no cost to you and with equal opportunity regardless of race, gender, marital status.

What is Gestational Age?

Gestational age refers to how far along you are in your pregnancy. It’s important to know your gestational age) since the abortion pill is only FDA-approved for up to 10 weeks from your last menstrual period[5]. If you’re considering traveling out of state for an abortion, be aware that the surrounding areas may have gestational age limitations as well.

Consider receiving a free ultrasound at Clarity. If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along to take the abortion pill, our compassionate client advocates will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future.

Our medical services include FREE lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, confidential nurse consultation, and sexual health information. Our clinic services are not a substitute for prenatal care.

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Our unique programs provide all of the support you need. Clarity can provide stable housing to moms, ongoing material support to parents for almost 2 years, and post-abortion recovery. Diapers? Car seats? Housing? Dad classes? Clarity has it!

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This sex education program is provided to student groups throughout Hardin and surrounding counties. Clarity focuses on students’ sexual choices, health, and boundaries. This provides a judgement-free way for students to ask questions and make sexual decisions they are proud of. Call us to schedule a staff speaking engagement.

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Free Ultrasounds in Elizabethtown, KY

No matter where you are in your unplanned pregnancy journey, you aren’t alone. Our ultrasound-trained personnel are here to provide the support and vital information needed to make an informed decision.

Don’t wait to get the care you deserve. Give us a call at (270) 449-0438 or schedule your appointment online today.

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Please be aware that this article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Our limited ultrasound examination is strictly for the purposes of confirming your pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age. We cannot diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing, pregnancy-related or otherwise.


  1. Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the https://www.ag.ky.gov/Press%20Release%20Attachments/Human%20Life%20Protection%20Act%20Advisory.pdf
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/7247-fetal-development-stages-of-growthMayo Clinic. (2023, September 8). Miscarriage – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/symptoms-causes/syc-20354298
  3. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprexCenter for Drug https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

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