Know the Facts: Abortion in Florida

Abortion in Florida

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Is Abortion Legal in Florida?

  • Abortions are legal in Florida until the 15th week of pregnancy.
  • All abortions must be administered in person by medical doctors.
  • The abortion pill can be used until the 10th week of pregnancy (LMP).

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Can You Get an Abortion in Florida?

Florida state legislation has set parameters under which abortion is permitted.

Time Limit

  • Abortion is legal in Florida until the 15th week of pregnancy LMP (counting from the first day of the last menstrual period).
  • Extensions beyond 15 weeks are made on a case-by-case basis:
    • When the continuation of the pregnancy puts the mother's health at serious risk of irreversible physical impairment.
    • If the fetus has been diagnosed with a fatal abnormality and has not yet achieved viability.
    • Abortions are always permitted to save the mother's life.

Medical Requirements

  • Only medical doctors may perform abortions in Florida.
  • A pre-abortion ultrasound is required with the option to see the images.


  • Two trips must be made to the abortion clinic: During the first visit, a mandatory counseling session takes place, followed by a 24-hour waiting period. The abortion can only be performed, or the abortion pill dispensed, after this stipulation is met.
  • Telehealth Abortions are not available in Florida.

Parental Consent

Parental consent is needed for minors pursuing an abortion in Florida.

Informed Consent

  • A pre-abortion consultation appointment is required in Florida to ensure informed consent. Advice during this mandated informational meeting may include details about the abortion procedure, pain management, fetal development, abortion alternatives, and abortion pill reversal.
  • The informed consent regulation has been implemented to protect women from forced abortions and help them make decisions corresponding to their values and intuitions.

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How Late Can You Get an Abortion in Florida?

Abortion is available in Florida until 15 weeks LMP. The first day of the last menstrual period, aka LMP, is considered the first day of pregnancy.

  • The abortion pill can be used until the 10th week of pregnancy (LMP). This time-window is federally mandated for all US states because the risk of complications increases exponentially if used beyond this point.
  • Vacuum aspiration is the primary surgical abortion method used until the 16th week of pregnancy.
  • 98% of abortions after 16 weeks gestation are performed by dilation and evacuation (D&E). At this point, the fetus has become too large to be suctioned out and would have to be extracted by forceps.

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Is Abortion Illegal in Florida?

Abortion is illegal in Florida outside of the legal parameters.

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I Need an Abortion in Florida — Now What?

Hopefully, our page addressed some of your practical questions about abortion in Florida. Perhaps your concerns go beyond the need for information. You may have recently found out you are pregnant, bringing your heart to a standstill while your mind races on.

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