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 California, so you can make an informed and empowered decision! 


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

What are the Abortion Laws in California? Is Abortion Legal in California?

Currently, abortion is legal in California up until fetal viability, which usually occurs around 24 to 26 weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions can be made after viability if the mother’s life or health is in danger[1].


Although California law doesn’t require it, we strongly recommend receiving an ultrasound before an abortion.

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 6 ½ – 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.

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].


Before spending your money only to find out you aren’t eligible for abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at NorthState Care Clinic! If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for abortion, our compassionate patient advocates will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future! 

Free Limited First Trimester Ultrasounds in Redding, CA

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.


Don’t wait to get the care you deserve! Give us a call at (530) 246-7075 or schedule your 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. 


  1. Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom. (2019, May 31). 
  2. Early Fetal Development. American Pregnancy Association. (2023, September 20).   
  3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from 
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