ORLANDO, FL – The First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee, FL overturned an injunction by a lower court which clears the way for the State to begin enforcement of a bill passed by the Legislature in 2015, requiring mothers to wait 24 hours before an abortion clinic can end the life of their unborn baby.
The new 24 hour waiting period, in effect in thirty states, follows normal elective medical practice guidelines which require a consultation before scheduling outpatient surgery. This bill cracks down on shoddy medical practices which run patients though abortion mills at a high rate to earn more profit.
As more abortion clinics around Florida close and abortionists abandon their practices, the problem of factory-style abortion clinic practices is sure to grow. This bill will ensure that the safety of women is enhanced, and that the right to informed consent is fully protected in a deliberative manner.
The law has exceptions for victims of rape, incest, domestic abuse or human trafficking if women present their doctors with a police report, restraining order or similar documentation.
“One day to reflect upon the risks of abortion, one day to view an image of the unborn child’s ultrasound image, and one day to consult with friends, family and faith are minimal considering the effects that will remain for a lifetime beyond that irreversible decision,” stated Senator Anitere Flores.
Editor’s note. This update was provided by Florida Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. For more, see here.