Last Updated: July 28, 2022

The short answer: Yes, abortion in Florida is legal up until the 15th week of pregnancy as long as:

  • The patient seeking abortion receives abortion counseling and waits 24 hours after an initial doctor’s visit before returning to undergo the procedure;1
  • The patient receives an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion;2


Keep reading for more details on how late you can have an abortion in Florida, exceptions, parental consent, medicaid coverage, and more.  

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How late can I have an abortion in Florida?

Surgical abortion in Florida is legal up until the 15th week of pregnancy (15 weeks after your last period),3, 4 except in cases where the abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life, prevent serious injury to the mother, or if the baby has a fatal abnormality.5

The abortion pill can be prescribed for women who are pregnant up to 10 weeks and is legal in Florida with a doctor’s prescription.6

If you are pregnant and considering an abortion, you’ll need an ultrasound to confirm exactly how far along you are. A Woman’s Choice is a free community clinic offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and pre-abortion counseling 100% free of charge.

Does Florida allow any exceptions?

Yes, abortions can be legal in Florida later than 15 weeks, if they are necessary to save the mother’s life, prevent serious injury to the mother, or if the baby has a fatal abnormality, even if the pregnancy is later than 15 weeks.7

Do I have to have my parent’s permission to get an abortion in Florida if I’m under 18?

Yes, Florida requires that women under 18 notify at least one parent or guardian 48 hours before an abortion and obtain consent from a parent OR get approval from a judge through a process known as judicial bypass.8

If you a teen and need help, we offer counseling that is 100% confidential. Notification of your parents is NOT required to receive counseling about your pregnancy options. One of our client advocates can meet with you to hear everything you’re facing and help walk you through what you need to know to make the decision that’s best for you. Click here for more information on our teen support.

A Woman's Choice is a free community clinic offering offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and abortion counseling. Click below for more information about our services.

What if it’s too late for me to get an abortion?

If you have an unplanned pregnancy and aren’t sure what to do, we are here for you. First, it is important for you to know exactly how far along your pregnancy is, which can be determined by an ultrasound. A Woman’s Choice can provide you with an ultrasound at no cost, followed by a consultation with our clinic nurse who will help you understand where you are and what options you have remaining.

If you learn your pregnancy is outside Florida’s legal limits for abortion, we are still here for you. We will help you explore your options and provide you with resources and support for your decision.

A Woman’s Choice also offers support for those who carry through their pregnancy by providing free parenting classes, baby and maternity supplies, and other helpful resources.

If you live in Central Florida, including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Haines City, Polk County, Plant City, or eastern Hillsborough County, reach out to A Woman’s Choice for help. If our location is not convenient for you, we can connect you to help near you.

Is PlanB legal in Florida?

Yes, PlanB (also called the morning after pill) is available over the counter in most drug stores. Plan B is not the same as the abortion pill and will not end an existing pregnancy. It is a form of emergency contraception that can prevent pregnancy if taken within 5 days of having sex.

Does Medicaid cover abortions in Florida?

No, medicaid will not cover abortions in Florida—whether the abortion pill or surgical procedures—with the exception of abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.9 Click here to learn more about the cost of abortion in Florida.

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