How Would the Heartbeat Protection Act Affect Women’s Rights in Florida?

How Would the Heartbeat Protection Act Affect Women’s Rights in Florida?

Currently, women in Florida can receive an abortion into the 15th week of pregnancy.
However, if it goes into effect, the new Heartbeat Protection Act would limit abortion access in Florida to the first six weeks of pregnancy.

Do you need help understanding your options pregnancy options in Florida? The informed staff at First Coast Women’s Services is here to assist you with information and pregnancy support services

Request a free consultation with a nurse to get the answers you need.

How Would the New Law Affect My Rights?

The Heartbeat Protection Act would make a few notable changes to abortion access:

  • The Heartbeat Protection Act would restrict abortion access after six weeks. 
  • If a woman was a victim of rape, incest, or human trafficking, she could have an abortion until her 15th week of pregnancy.
  • Protections would also be in place to safeguard the lives and health of women. Women endangered by pregnancy could still terminate beyond 15 weeks.

The new law provides additional funding to programs supporting women and families, such as:

  • Pregnancy support services
  • Wellness services in pregnancy
  • Services for postpartum mothers
  • Family planning and counseling

When Will the Heartbeat Protection Act Take Effect?

Governor DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Protection Act into law on April 13th, 2023. 

However, the current 15-week ban is being challenged before the Florida Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules the existing 15-week ban constitutional, the new 6-week ban will replace it within 30 days of the Supreme Court’s decision.

We Can Help

With so many rapid changes to abortion laws, it can be difficult to understand your options. 

If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy and want assistance clarifying your options, request a free consultation with a First Coast Women’s Services nurse.