Minors (under 18) seeking abortion care services

Minors Legal Requirements and Disclaimers

If you are a minor under the age of 18, Florida law requires you notify your legal guardian of your decision to have an abortion 48 hours (2 days) in advance of your procedure. While NFWS encourages you to speak with your parent or guardian about your decision, we understand that it may not be possible depending on your circumstances.

North Florida Women's Services abortion clinic - Minors (under 18) seeking abortion care

“You really cared about me making the right decision.” – patient comment

There are some exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions include:

  • You are or have been married.
    • You must bring in your marriage certificate or divorce decree.
  • You have a dependent child.
    • You must bring in the dependent child’s birth certificate naming you the parent.
  • You are legally emancipated.
    • You must bring in the emancipation documentation.
  • You have a judicial waiver.

If you are comfortable speaking with your parent or guardian and you feel they will support your decision, they may sign a waiver of the 48 hour wait. To do so, your parent/guardian would need to be present at your appointment to complete the waiver. You and your parent/guardian will need picture identification showing date of births, your birth certificate naming them your parent or the documentation showing they are your legal guardian.   We have staff available to complete and notarize the required waivers.

Please contact NFWS of forms specific to your situation.

Minors Sources for Help

If you are a minor under the age of 18, Florida law requires you notify your legal guardian of your decision to have an abortion 48 hours (2 days) in advance of your procedure. While NFWS encourages you to speak with your parent or guardian about your decision, we understand that it may not be possible depending on your circumstances.

If you would like information and help to get a Judicial Waiver of the notification please contact:

Leon County Clerks Office

Suite 100-1st Floor

301 S. Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301

850-577-4150