TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP — The Florida Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.
The court on Thursday announced that it had voted 5-2 to review the legal challenge filed against the law by a Gainesville abortion clinic. Last month, the state Supreme Court blocked the law by the same margin while it considered whether to take up the case.
The waiting period law was passed last year by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of the clinic, saying it violated privacy rights guaranteed by the state constitution. Supporters contend the waiting period requires a woman to have a reflective period before going ahead with an abortion.
By: Associated Press April 22, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP — The Florida Supreme Court is suspending the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions until it decides whether to hear a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional.
The court made its 5-2 decision Friday, two months after an appeals court allowed the law to go into effect.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the waiting period into law last year. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida sued to overturn the law on behalf of a Gainesville clinic.
The group claims the waiting period is causing unnecessary hardship for women seeking abortions and that the Florida Constitution protects their private medical decisions.
While the court’s decision doesn’t guarantee it will review the law, it’s a good indication that it will.
Justices Ricky Polston and Charles Canady opposed the decision.