Split FL Supreme Court Rules Against Common Sense Abortion Waiting Period

Feb 16, 2017

Today the Florida Supreme Court in a 3-2 opinion reinstated the injunction against a 24-hour waiting period to the Informed Consent abortion law. Justices Canady and Polston dissented. A third justice took no part in the opinion. The Court is composed of seven justices, but one seat is vacant. Liberty Counsel had previously filed an amicus brief in Gainesville Woman Care v. State of Florida, arguing in favor of the waiting period on behalf of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds).

AAPLOG and ACPeds have extensive experience with adolescents and young women, who have been affected by abortion, and have studied the long-term effects of the procedure. Both the AAPLOG and ACPeds substantiate that Florida’s 24-hour waiting period is critically necessary to protect the health and well-being of young women. Including such a period of reflection before choosing a decision with serious long-term consequences is critically important.

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