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