Ohio’s 24 Hour Informed Consent Law requires that women receive certain information at least 24 hours before an abortion in a face to face meeting with a physician. We will provide this information during your Pre-Abortion Visit. The physician must explain the following:
•The probable gestational age (length of pregnancy in weeks) •The nature and purpose of the abortion
•The medical risks of the abortion procedure
•The risks of the abortion compared to the risks of continuing the pregnancy and delivering a baby The Doctors office must also provide the following information at least 24 hours before each abortion •The name of the physician scheduled to perform the abortion •State of Ohio Brochure on fetal development
•State of Ohio Services Directory
In addition, they must provide an opportunity for you to ask our physician questions about the abortion.
At the end of the visit, they should have you to sign an Informed Consent stating you have been provided all the information above, that you consent to the abortion voluntarily and that you are not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Exceptions
The law provides only one exception to the 24 Hour Informed Consent, an emergency posing an immediate danger to a woman's health. Minors
If you are under the age of 18, a parent, legal guardian or custodian must accompany you during the Pre-Abortion visit. Ohio law requires that they provide their Informed Consent. Exceptions for Minors
The law provides three exceptions for minors:
•You file an affidavit with juvenile court and request a sibling over 21, a stepparent or a grandparent be substituted for a parent •You apply to Juvenile Court and receive a judicial bypass which waives the requirement of parental consent •You are an emancipate minor, (a)employed and living on your own or have otherwise become independent from the care and control of your parents or (b) you are married.