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Abortion Wait Challenged

June 24th, 2015 by flanews

An abortion waiting period bill signed by the Governor is being challenged in court. As Matt Galka tells us, opponents of the bill say the state is unconstitutionally burdening women.

A 24 hour abortion waiting period bill passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this month isn’t being enforced yet. Opponents of the legislation tried to stop the law Wednesday before it takes effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing a Gainesville clinic, says the law infringes on a woman’s constitutional right to privacy and creates an unnecessary burden.

“The state believes you would benefit by taking another day for you to think this over. We don’t do this for any other medical procedure, this is about the state wanting to dissuade women from getting abortions,” said ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project Attorney Renee Paradis.

Attorneys for the state disagree.  They say lawmakers have a right to protect interests of an unborn child.

“I don’t think there was anything, as we pointed out, that the legislature did that they didn’t have every right to do on behalf, as we say, the vulnerable class of pregnant women and also on behalf of the fetuses,” said State Special Counsel Blaine Winship.

The new law is set to go into effect next week on July 1st.

“Women are calling up the clinic, the clinics are saying we’re not sure, as of July 1st it may be that you’re going to have to make two trips to the clinic, so I think there are a lot of women who are really uncertain how it will effect their lives,” said Paradis.

The Governor’s stance didn’t waiver earlier this week.

“I signed the law because I believe in it and I’m absolutely pro-life,” said Gov. Rick Scott.

Plaintiffs assume the looming law will ultimately be settled in the state’s Supreme Court. The Tallahassee judge presiding over the case said that he expects to make a ruling on an injunction soon.

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