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Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming, leaving you feeling confused, anxious, and uncertain about the future. During this time it’s entirely normal to go through a range of emotions as you process your options and try to figure out your next steps. If you are considering an abortion, it’s crucial to be fully informed and have all the information available in order to make the most educated decision possible. 

In the state of Florida, there are specific legal restrictions that apply to abortion, and it’s important to know how these impact access and apply to your situation. At A Woman’s Place Medical Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing you with the necessary facts to help support you during this process. We encourage you to explore all available options to ensure you make a decision that is right for you. 



Can I still get an abortion in Florida? 

As of May 1st, 2024, Florida law prohibits abortion once a pregnancy reaches six weeks gestation. In order to determine the gestational age, an ultrasound is required, as opposed to counting from the first day of your last period. Abortion can have both physical and emotional impacts, and women who are considering one typically have a variety of questions and concerns. At our clinic, we are committed to you with all of the details and support that you need and are here to listen to your questions and help guide you through your options and next steps. 



Can I obtain “abortion pills” from an alternative source?  

In Florida, medication used for a medical abortion must be dispensed in person by a physician and cannot be obtained via telehealth services. While it is illegal to order abortion pills through online sources, it is also dangerous due to the surplus of health risks associated with the medication. When ordering abortion pills online, you put yourself at risk by skipping critical steps such as determining gestational age, confirming the pregnancy is viable to begin with, and ensuring the proper location of the pregnancy. Telehealth options seem like a simple solution, but acknowledging there limits for individual health and legal compliance is important. 



Do I need parental consent to get an abortion if I am a minor? 

Florida law requires parental consent and notification for all minors seeking abortion services. This entails direct communication from the physician to a parent or legal guardian, informing them of the minor’s intention to undergo an abortion and obtaining their consent accordingly. This framework aims to ensure that minors receive guidance and support from a trusted adult during such a significant medical decision. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of family involvement in the minor's healthcare choices, fostering open communication and shared decision-making within the family unit.



Do I need an ultrasound before getting an abortion?

Receiving an ultrasound before deciding about your pregnancy is not just necessary, it is essential. An ultrasound offers vital insights to guide your decision-making process and helps paint a full picture of everything you need to know before deciding. Our experienced medical staff offers free, limited obstetrical ultrasounds. These ultrasounds help determine the viability of the pregnancy, confirm its location, and determine the gestational age, empowering you with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision. 



I’m considering an abortion, what are my next steps?

When considering an abortion, timing is important. Call one of our four locations today and schedule an appointment! During an unexpected pregnancy, it might feel like you’re alone, but we are here for you! Our compassionate and caring staff has walked alongside women just like you, helping them gather information, consider their options, and take the next step regardless of your decision. 

Author—Caitlin Drakos, BSN. RN. Director of Medical Services at A Womans Place Medical Clinic