Can I Still Get an Abortion in Another State if I Live In FL?

Can I Still Get an Abortion in Another State if I Live In FL?

With the passing of the Heartbeat Protection Act, abortion in Florida could soon be illegal after six weeks. As of May 25, 2023, the law has yet to go into effect as the Supreme Court still needs to rule on the constitutionality of the current 15-week ban.

When this law goes into effect, women in Florida seeking an abortion past six weeks will still be able to travel to other states with less stringent laws regarding abortion.

For pregnancy services and questions regarding abortion regulations in Florida, contact us for a free appointment.

When planning to travel for an abortion, there are additional considerations a woman must make to prepare for the procedure and protect her health and safety.

Traveling Considerations

One of the most apparent additional considerations in abortion travel is the extra expense. Depending on the clinic location you choose and the procedure indicated in your situation, an abortion can range from $500-$2000

In addition to the cost of the procedure, traveling out of state involves the added expense of transportation and hotel stay. If you are in your second trimester (after 13 weeks) of your pregnancy, your abortion could be a multiple-day process. 

Some states have mandatory counseling requirements and wait periods after the initial consultation before the procedure requiring a more extended out-of-state stay and more time away from work.

Additional Safety Concerns

Before traveling out of state for an abortion, women should outline how they will prioritize their safety. Start a checklist with the following: 

  • Obtain an ultrasound. (Free ultrasound appointments are available with First Coast Women’s Services)
    • Determine if your pregnancy is viable and you haven’t miscarried.
    • Identify which abortion procedure you would be eligible for and which would be the safest based on how long you have been pregnant.
    • Rule out ectopic pregnancy (a life-threatening condition not effectively treated by abortion procedures).
  • Research state laws to determine which states allow abortions in your current week (as determined by ultrasound) and any restrictions they have regarding mandatory waiting periods or pre-abortion counseling.
  • Receive STI/STD testing and treatment to prevent pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Discuss your pre-existing conditions and current medications with a health professional.
  • Understand the signs and symptoms of complications of abortion so you will be prepared to monitor yourself during recovery. 
  • Plan your follow-up care and know which medical provider to call if you experience complications.

Let Us Help

Changing abortion laws and political hype make facing an unexpected pregnancy feel even scarier. Make an appointment with First Coast Women’s Services to get the information and services you need to feel safe and confident in your choice.