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Access to Abortion, Reproductive Health Care

Reproductive rights are the legal right to contraception, abortion, fertility treatment, reproductive health, and access to information about one's body. Reproductive rights are important because they ensure you are protected by law to make your own decisions about birth control, pregnancy, and having children. They ensure you can obtain a full-range of reproductive health care. Reproductive rights include safe and legal access to abortion, as well as access to: 

  • Family planning

  • Birth control, including emergency contraception

  • Assisted reproduction

  • Sterilization, or permanent birth control. This includes:

    • Women: Tubal ligation -- closing your fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from meeting with sperm

    • Men: Vasectomy -- closing the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis

  • Birth control, sex education, or abortion, including abortions for minors without a parent’s or guardian’s consent.

On May 1st, surgical abortion is effectively banned in Florida thanks to radical laws championed by the Governor and passed by the state legislature. Scroll down to find what options are available if you need this healthcare.

In November, 2024 Floridians will have a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment protecting access to abortion in the state. Find out more and make a plan to vote!

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Birth Control
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Learn about birth control options, health centers offering reproductive health care, abortion care, and relationship advice. The site includes an inactive method explorer to help you find birth control that fits your body and life.

Emergency Contraception (Plan B)

Emergency contraception (the morning after pill, Plan B) can help keep you from getting pregnant if you had sex without using birth control or if your birth control method did not work. It must be taken within 5 days after having sex.

You can buy levonorgestrel morning-after pills (like Plan B One-Step, Take Action, My Way, Option 2, Preventeza, AfterPill, My Choice, Aftera, and EContra) over the counter without a prescription at drugstores like CVS or Walgreen's and other pharmacies. Find these pills on the shelf with other contraceptives.

Medication Abortion (Plan C)

Medication abortion (Plan C) is a non-surgical way to end a pregnancy. Pills can be used up to 11 weeks of pregnancy. Medication abortions account for half of all terminations in the U.S.  You can get abortion pills at local clinics, like Planned Parenthood, or order online.

Abortion

On May 1st, surgical abortions will effectively be banned in Florida after six weeks of pregnancy. There are groups that can help you find resources for obtaining a legal abortion outside the state.

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Beware of Fake Clinics

Crisis pregnancy centers (also called CPCs or "fake clinics") are clinics or mobile vans that look like real health centers, but they're run by anti-abortion activists. They provide misinformation and use scare tactics. The Florida legislature provided significant funding to expand CPCs statewide. Beware of fake clinics when seeking abortion care.

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