How Could the Heartbeat Protection Act Change Abortion Laws in Florida?

How Could the Heartbeat Protection Act Change Abortion Laws in Florida?

The Florida governor’s recent signing of the Heartbeat Protection Act could change Florida’s current 15-week abortion ban to a 6-week abortion ban. If it goes into effect, this would mean women could not obtain an elective abortion in Florida after six weeks.

At the time of writing, Florida’s current 15-week ban on abortion is being challenged in the state’s Supreme Court. If the Florida Supreme Court upholds the current law, the new 6-week ban will go into effect within 30 days of the decision.

 If you would like help understanding how this law change could affect your options for reproductive health care, request a free consultation with a nurse at First Coast Women’s Services.

What if a Woman Needs an Abortion to Save Her Life?

The Heartbeat Protection Act includes exceptions for women whose lives are endangered due to pregnancy. In these situations, a woman could still get an abortion. Exceptions are also in place for pregnant women as the result of rape, incest, or human trafficking. These women could obtain an abortion until the 15th week of their pregnancies.

How Can First Coast Women’s Services Help?

First Coast cares about women’s pregnancy needs in the Greater Jacksonville area, including Baker, Clay, and Duval Counties. We offer free pregnancy services to assist women in understanding their options.

  • Pregnancy Testing: If you think you are pregnant, find out for sure with lab-grade pregnancy testing.
  • Limited Ultrasounds: An ultrasound is the only way to reliably confirm a pregnancy’s viability and how long you have been pregnant. This simple diagnostic test is safe and quick but gives you essential health information to understand your eligibility for specific pregnancy options.
  • Options Counseling: Get the evidence-based education you deserve and find the empowerment you need to make a confident decision about your pregnancy. 

 Get the Support You Need

Whether you are looking for more information about recent changes in abortion law or you need services related to an unexpected pregnancy, First Coast Women’s Services wants to offer you the free and confidential support and care you deserve. 

 Make an appointment or call our helpline to find what you are looking for.