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
Currently, Florida law requires that minors seeking an abortion notify at least one parent or legal guardian 48 hours before having an abortion and get consent from a parent. In lieu of that, the minor may pursue a judicial bypass.