Florida’s Abortion-Wait Law Has Been Blocked By Supreme Court

Florida’s Abortion-Wait Law Has Been Blocked By Supreme Court February 17, 2017

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Florida Supreme Court. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Florida recently passed bill a through its legislature that required women to wait 24 hours and visit the doctor twice before getting their abortion. The Florida Supreme Court has now ruled this to be unconstitutional. An excerpt from their ruling states:

“Today, we make clear, in Florida, any law that implicates the fundamental right of privacy, regardless of the activity, is subject to strict scrutiny and is presumptively unconstitutional”

Julia Kaye, the ACLU attorney that argued the case in court, was glad to see this outcome:

“The court’s decision resoundingly confirms what Floridians already knew — politicians have no business interfering with a woman’s private health care decisions, including the decision to have an abortion”

While this is great news is Florida, there are still 26 states that have a waiting period for women who want an abortion. This completely unnecessary restriction is a blatant attempt to control what women can do with their bodies. I hope the Supreme Court’s of other states follow Florida’s lead.


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