Dedicated medical doctors are now providing office-based, confidential abortion services, allowing patients the choice to receive medical care in a dignified and professional medical environment.
A woman's right to reproductive freedom and personal choice is protected by our United States Constitution. We realize that beyond the emotional and often difficult decisions to terminate a pregnancy, is the need and responsibility to provide women with the opportunity to have a safe surgical abortion in a professional and safe physician-run medical environment. We know and respect how difficult the decision to terminate a pregnancy can often be, and we are dedicated to provide you with information you may need to come to a decision that is right for you and your individual situation. Our goal to make sure women always have a safe facility and physician to go to when this decision is being made.
No one ever wants to be faced with the decision to have an abortion. Often we go through our life thinking "this will never happen to me." But as a woman between the ages of 13-50 years old, it is likely that there will be a time in your life that you will be faced with an unplanned and even impossible pregnancy. The chances that a woman in her reproductive years will elect to have an abortion is almost 1 out of every 2 sexually active persons. For some women, the choice is very clear. For others, the choice can be much more difficult. This is now about making a decision that is right for you and your individual situation at this time in your life. If you decide to terminate a pregnancy, we are here to help you safely transition through that decision in privacy and in comfort.
Be assured that in making a decision to have an abortion, you are definitely not alone. The surgical abortion is now one of the most common procedures performed in the United States. We want you to know that if you choose to have an abortion, our physicians and staff are here to assist you in every way we can.
Parental Notification Laws in Florida:
In Florida, the legislature has implemented a requirement that any patient under the age of 18 who is not an emancipated adult must comply with the parental notification statutes before being able to obtain a pregnancy termination. There are also judicial bypass methods that can be used for young women who wish to not involve their parents in this personal and private decision. For more information, our friendly staff can assist you with the details of this requirement.
Starting July 1st of 2015, the Florida Legislature has implemented another new regulation that will impact a woman's decision to have an abortion that will go into effect. Starting July 1st, this new law recently passed by the republican majority of the Florida Legislature will require patients to be seen two separate times to have an abortion, with a 24 hour "delay or waiting period" in between the two required visits. This law, which certainly appears to be designed to unnecessarily make the process of obtaining a safe outpatient abortion procedure more burdensome, will now require women to be seen in the office by the physician who will be performing the abortion for an ultrasound and complete a required consent with specific terms that has been written and designed by the legislature themselves. Then every patient, whether getting a simple surgical abortion or an induced miscarriage by the use of safe medications, must wait a full 24 hours after signing the consent before she can actually begin the actual termination process. As experienced medical providers, we recognize that this required delay may be a hardship of both time and expense for many women who will be coming from both near and far for your abortion care. While a patient used to only need to be off work or arrange for child care for a day or even an afternoon for this brief procedure, now a patient will need to have two absences from their normal work day or child care duties in many instances. We are truly sensitive to your needs and the impact of the fact that the Florida Legislature has decided to implement this requirement. While there is no medical reason for this delay relating to the safety of the abortion procedure, starting July 1, 2015 it will be legally required.
Fortunately our office, being the only full-time regular local physician staffed facility in Jacksonville that sees patients every weekday with both morning and afternoon schedules, has always been readily available to assist patients seeking abortion care with the highest level of privacy and efficiency that has become well-recognized by our medical community. Be assured that our full time practice and physician can accommodate your schedule and make this extra visit and 24 hour waiting period as efficient and comfortable as possible, despite this newly imposed abortion regulation. As we see patients every day both morning and afternoon, there will be no more delay than necessary despite the nature of this new legislative burden and imposed regulation on the decisions of women's reproductive decisions. If you want to have your procedure done on consecutive days with minimal disruption or delay, we can easily and uniquely provide this service for you. Having an established reputation for conscientious scheduling and efficient reliable care, we have already implemented the procedures to make your visit with us as seamless as possible. As the new law effectively makes every patient come to the office two times instead of the one, this will in fact double the patient load of every facility, making every abortion provider's facility in Florida technically have 100% increase in the amount of patient's being seen. Many smaller or part time facilities will have difficulty with this new patient load and legal requirement. In contrast, Florida Women's Center's known and established spacious, efficient, and privately run office is truly designed for patient comfort and we can uniquely accommodate this change in requirements while continuing to keep our patient visits efficient and comfortable. We are also sure you will be pleased to have the opportunity see our office and meet out wonderful staff and doctor, and we will coordinate your first visit to make it as efficient as possible to avoid any further disruption in your life. As always, we are here for you and we will go the extra mile to make your visits as smooth and efficient as possible. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.