An unexpected pregnancy can send anyone into a panic. We know how overwhelming it can be, but don’t let fear make any decisions for you! Make sure you get all the facts on abortion in Kentucky, so you can make an informed and empowered decision! 

 In this article, we’re exploring the Kentucky abortion law and the importance of ultrasounds in your unexpected pregnancy journey!

Is Abortion Legal in Kentucky?

At the time of writing (November 2023), 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]. You are also required to receive an ultrasound prior to any abortion in Kentucky.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

You may be wondering why you’d want an ultrasound if you’re considering abortion. The answer is that ultrasounds can help you make an informed and empowered decision for an unplanned pregnancy! They determine two key factors: viability and gestational age.

What is Pregnancy Viability?

A viable pregnancy means that the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about eleven 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.

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 intend to travel out of state for an abortion, be aware that the surrounding areas may prohibit abortion beyond a certain point in your pregnancy as well. 

 Before spending your money only to find out you aren’t eligible for abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at Life Choice! If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for abortion, 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! 

Schedule Your Free Ultrasound in Russellville, KY

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

 We offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and a safe, compassionate space to explore your pregnancy options.

 Give us a call at (270) 717-5433, send a text to (270) 883-2464, or schedule your appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

Please be aware that Life Choice does not provide or refer for abortion services. 


  1. Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. (2022, June 24). Human Life Protection Act. Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Retrieved from 
  2. Valenti, O., Di Prima, F. A. F., Renda, E., Faraci, M., Hyseni, E., De Domenico, R., Monte, S., & Giorgio, E. (2011, July). Fetal cardiac function during the first trimester of pregnancy. Journal of Prenatal Medicine. 
  3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from