If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering all your options, it’s important to be educated on the facts, as well as the state law. As of April 2017, abortion in Florida is legal, however, there are certain restrictions on abortion procedures. Read below to find out the restrictions on who and how women may receive abortions.
For the majority of cases, only women who are facing life-endangered effects of pregnancy or who are survivors of rape and incest can receive abortions. This law applies to women who wish to publicly-fund the abortion costs, women who are past 24 or more weeks after their last period, as well as women who are using the Affordable Care Act for assistance. Women who pay extra to have additional benefits on their healthcare plan are an exception to this rule. Otherwise, abortions must be paid for without financial assistance. Abortions can cost up to thousands of dollars depending on how far along fetal development is as well as the type of procedure.
In addition, if you are a minor living in Florida, it is state law that your parents or guardians must be notified before an abortion is performed.
Women wishing to receive an abortion must have an ultrasound performed. Ultrasounds show the growth and development of a fetus and can help determine how far along in pregnancy the mother is. Palm Beach Women’s Clinic offers free and confidential ultrasounds, so if you are in need of an ultrasound, schedule an appointment with our helpful staff today.