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Florida’s 24-hour abortion waiting period to take effect

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A Florida appeals court on Friday ordered the enforcement of a state law that that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The 1st District Court of Appeal lifted an injunction that blocked the waiting period from taking effect. In its decision, the three-judge panel contended that a circuit judge did not have enough facts or evidence to support blocking the law. Judge Charles Francis had blocked the law one day before the waiting period was scheduled…

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Florida’s new 24-hour abortion waiting period on hold again

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A Florida judge once again blocked the state’s new 24-hour waiting period for abortions on Thursday, ended two days of legal limbo. The new law, pushed by Republican legislators who said they wanted women to have a reflective period before an abortion, was signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year and took effect Wednesday. Earlier in the week, a judge had agreed to put the law on hold pending a lawsuit filed by a Gainesville clinic and other groups.…

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New law mandating 24-hour abortion waiting period delayed by state court

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Chief Judge Charles Francis of the state’s 2nd Circuit court issued an injunction on Tuesday that delays the implementation of a new law set to go into effect the next day, on July 1. The judge said in an 11-page ruling in favor of the plaintiffs that the law would do unjustified “irreparable harm” to Florida women seeking an abortion. “Plaintiffs have shown a substantial likelihood of success [of overturning the law] on the merits, that irreparable harm will result if the…

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