Why You Need an Ultrasound Before Abortion in Georgia

Is Abortion Legal in Georgia?

The current Georgia abortion law (HB 481)[1] prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around 6 weeks from your last period. You are also required to receive an ultrasound before an abortion in Georgia.

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 the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about 6 ½ to 7 weeks gestation, the embryo should have a detectable heartbeat[2]. The goal is to rule out a nonviable pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy—in either case, abortion isn’t needed, and you can move forward with the appropriate medical care.

What is Gestational Age?

How far along am I? Your ultrasound can answer that question! It’s important to know how far along you are (also known as your gestational age), as you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy[3]. 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 Skylark Clinic! 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!

Free Ultrasounds in Brunswick, Jesup, and Kingsland, GA

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

Don’t wait to get the care you deserve! Request your free appointment today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

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. Additionally, Skylark Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services.


  1. House Bill 481. Georgia General Assembly. (2019, May 7). https://www.legis.ga.gov/api/legislation/document/20192020/187013
  2. Early Fetal Development. American Pregnancy Association. (2023, September 20). https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-health-wellness/early-fetal-development/
  3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information