What Is Abortion?Abortion is the induced termination of a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: chemical (medical) and surgical. Before deciding on having an abortion or on which type of abortion to have, it is important to educate yourself about the different procedures and the possible risks and complications that can be associated with each procedure. With full information you can make a healthy and informed decision.
Florida Abortion LawsFlorida law requires that women wishing to receive an abortion must first have an ultrasound. This is to determine both the gestational age and viability of the pregnancy. In addition, if you are a minor living in Florida, it is state law that your parents or guardians must be notified before an abortion is performed. Women’s Help Center offers medical-grade pregnancy tests and limited, non-diagnostic ultrasounds at no cost. Call one of our four centers to schedule a confidential appointment to speak with one of our client advocates.
Women’s Help Center does not provide or refer for abortions.
What Is Abortion?
Florida Abortion Laws
You still have options if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida. At this time, abortion is legal in Florida until the 15th week of pregnancy, which is three months and three weeks after a woman’s first day of her last menstrual period (LMP). Abortion is illegal after that time unless carrying the pregnancy to term would result in severe injury or death to the mother or if her fetus has a fatal anomaly.
Additionally, Florida requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can occur. The abortionist (or a referring physician) must confirm a fetus’ gestational age through ultrasound and inform the patient of the physical risks of both having an abortion and carrying the pregnancy to term. This must occur at least 24 hours before the abortion.
Abortion and Minors
- Am I Really Pregnant? And if so, is my pregnancy viable (living)?
- Is there a heartbeat?
- Am I at risk for a natural miscarriage?
- Do you know what the laws in Florida are regarding abortion?