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Circuit Court Judge Says Florida's 24-Hour Waiting Requirement to Have an Abortion Is Unconstitutional

By Dave Andrusko
NRL News Today - January 10, 2017

In the latest phase of a lengthy and convoluted legal battle, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled today that HB633, signed into law by pro-life Florida Gov. Rick Scott in June 2015 is unconstitutional and permanently blocked enforcement of the law.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis

In Judge Lewis’s view, requiring a pregnant woman to meet with an abortionist and wait 24-hours before she can have an abortion, should she decide to proceed, was an “impermissible intrusion” of privacy rights that are contained in Florida’s constitution.

In his 10-page decision, Lewis essentially found two major flaws.

First, that the state of Florida had not shown there was a “compelling state interest” for the waiting period. Second, Lewis ruled, the state did not show that the law was enacted in the “least restrictive manner.”

Full article at NRL News Today

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