What You Need to Know About Florida’s Birth Control Laws

You have a right to reproductive autonomy. Here’s everything you need to know about Florida’s birth control laws.

The Comprehensive Family Planning Act (CFPA) protects your right to contraception in Florida. Under the CFPA, the state is not allowed to interfere with your right to use contraceptives, and all covered contraceptives must be available to you promptly, regardless of your income level. The CFPA ensures you have access to affordable contraception.

What Contraceptives are Covered by the CFPA?

The CFPA covers all FDA-approved contraceptive procedures, supplies, and information.

FDA-Approved Contraceptive Procedures

The FDA approves certain contraceptive procedures.

Voluntary Sterilization

The CFPA covers voluntary sterilization procedures for both women and men. Covered procedures include tubal ligation for women and vasectomies for men. Tubal ligation and vasectomies are permanent forms of contraception

Related: What Is a Post-Birth Order?

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)

LARCs, such as IUDs and contraceptive rods (Nexplanon), require a trained healthcare provider to insert and remove them. The CFPA protects your right to access LARCs and their corresponding implantation and removal procedures at a reasonable cost.

FDA-Approved Contraceptive Supplies

The CFPA covers prescription and over-the-counter FDA-approved contraceptive products:

  • Copper IUD (ParaGard)
  • Progestin IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, Skyla)
  • Implantable Rod (Nexplanon)
  • Shot (Depo-Provera)
  • Combination Pill
  • Mini Pill
  • Patch
  • Vaginal Contraceptive Ring
  • Diaphragm
  • Sponge
  • Cervical Cap
  • Male Condom
  • Female Condom
  • Spermicide

The CFPA also covers emergency contraceptives:

  • Plan B (Levonorgestrel)
  • Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)

Related: What is a Pre-Birth Order?

Contraception Education

The CFPA protects your right to contraception counseling. Contraception counseling includes education about the side effects, risks, and efficacy of different methods of contraception. Contraception counseling includes instruction on the correct way to use different methods of contraception. Contraception counseling with a physician can help you figure out which contraception method is best for you.

Follow-Up Care

The CFPA covers follow-up care for covered contraceptive methods, including side effect management and other medical complications arising from contraceptive use.

Access to Birth Control in Florida

All CFPA-covered contraceptive services must be available to you, regardless of your income level. Medical providers must calculate the cost of your contraceptives based on your ability to pay, as well as the cost of the service.

Birth control is available through your healthcare provider, as well as at health centers and family planning clinics.

Minors may access covered contraception, excluding sterilization procedures, if they meet any (they don’t necessarily need to meet all) of the following requirements:

  • They are married
  • They are already a parent
  • They are pregnant
  • They are in danger of serious health complications if they are denied access to contraception
  • They get consent from their legal guardian

Abortion in Florida

Abortion is legal, but subject to restrictions, in Florida. After July 1, 2022, abortion after 15 weeks will be illegal in Florida unless two physicians certify the pregnancy poses a sufficient risk to the mother’s life or bodily function, or the fetus will not survive. Before you have an abortion, you must get an ultrasound.

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