Friday, April 22, 2016

Florida Supreme Court blocks 24-hour waiting period for abortions

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 1:49 PM

For the second time, a law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion has been blocked, this time by the Florida Supreme Court

The law, which passed in 2015, was blocked the first time after the Gainesville abortion clinic Bread and Roses Women's Health Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit to stop the law from going into effect July 2015. In February 2016, an appeals court lifted the injunction that stopped the law, and for about two months, women have been made to wait a day before having abortions. Some women, like Amanda from the Trapped story we did earlier this month, were forced to wait for days for the timely medical procedure. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 to stay the measure while the court decides if it will accept the case. 

UPDATE: The ACLU of Florida has released statements on the ruling:  

“We are grateful that the Florida Supreme Court recognizes the financial, medical, and emotional harm this offensive law has been causing,” says Julia Kaye, staff attorney with the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project. “We hope the court will ultimately agree that Florida women are capable of making decisions about their health and their families without political interference. The Florida Constitution tolerates nothing less.”

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