Florida’s 24 hour waiting period under review by Florida’s Supreme Court

FLsupremecourtbldgIn 2015, the Florida Legislature passed a bill that requires a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. This common sense and protective legislation was signed into law by Pro-Life Governor Scott on June 10, 2015 and was set to take effect on July 1, 2015.

A Gainesville, Florida abortion clinic and a pro-abortion advocacy group sued the state to block the law, arguing that it violates the Florida Constitution’s right of privacy. A Tallahassee state court judge stopped the law from going into effect on June 30, 2015 – one day before the law would take effect.

The state appealed to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. In a great victory on February 26, 2016, the court reversed the injunction order and immediately reinstated the law.

The abortion clinic and the pro-abortion group appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. On April 22, 2016, the Court entered its own order staying the law’s enforcement; this essentially halted the law and its protections!

Pro-life Gov. Rick Scott

Pro-life Gov. Rick Scott

On May 5, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court formally accepted the case for review, and the parties are currently preparing legal briefs for the court’s consideration. Until the Florida Supreme Court resolves the case, the law remains blocked and not enforceable because of the supreme court’s stay order.

It is important to note that 24-hour waiting periods are common sense legislation and have passed in 28 states.

“It is just bizarre to think that waiting 24 hours to end the life of your unborn baby and undergo a serious medical procedure is a burden” said Lynda Bell, President of Florida Right to Life.

Countless women regret their decision and would have chosen differently if they had a reflection period.

Florida Right to Life will continue to fight for the vulnerable in our society.