Can I Still Have an Abortion in Florida?

Can I Still Have an Abortion in Florida?

As of May 1st, 2024, the state of Florida has enacted the Heartbeat Protection Act, a law that limits abortion in Florida past 6-weeks gestation.

If you are less than 6-weeks pregnant, you are still eligible for an abortion in Florida. We understand that getting answers is urgent and important to you, and it’s important to consider a few things first so you can make an informed and empowered decision.

3 things to consider before scheduling an abortion:

  1. Age of the fetus – you will need to make sure you are less than 6-weeks pregnant to schedule an abortion in Florida. Consider saving yourself the time and expense of travel and get an ultrasound in-state before traveling so you know exactly how far along you are.
  2. Pregnancy location – if your pregnancy is located outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy, you will need immediate medical care. Ectopic pregnancy care is NOT an abortion, and you will not be denied medical care for an ectopic pregnancy in the state of Florida. It is vital to get healthcare as soon as possible if you suspect an ectopic pregnancy as this can be life threatening.
  3. Viability – Over 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, so it’s important to confirm that you have not miscarried naturally before scheduling an abortion. If the pregnancy has miscarried and is not viable, an abortion will not be necessary.

In addition to confirming the age of the fetus, an ultrasound will also determine pregnancy location and viability. First Coast Women’s Services offers ultrasounds free of charge with same and next day appointment options available.


What to know about abortion and women’s healthcare in Florida

On top of the above considerations, it’s important to know the details of Florida’s Heartbeat Protection Act, including its exceptions.

  • Abortions in Florida are legal up to 6 weeks gestation. This is typically the time at which a heartbeat is detectable.
  • Miscarriage is NOT an elective abortion. Therefore, women will not be denied medical care for miscarriages.
  • Ectopic pregnancy care is NOT an elective abortion, and an abortion will NOT resolve that serious medical condition. Women will not be denied medical care for ectopic pregnancies.
  • The abortion pill must be administered in person by a physician, outlawing the dispensing of the pill through mail.
  • Exceptions to the law exist in cases of rape, incest, human trafficking, fatal fetal abnormality, or when the pregnant woman’s life is in danger.

Think You Might Be Pregnant?

If you are or think you might be pregnant, we are here to help. Our nurses are standing by, ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Call today for your free telehealth pregnancy screening or click below to schedule an in-person appointment for abortion information or pregnancy confirmation.

If you are past 6-weeks gestation and need pregnancy assistance, we are here to help you, too. We offer pregnancy and parenting education, community referrals, and material support. Call or click today to learn more about how First Coast Women’s Services can support you during your pregnancy and beyond.