Abortion-law stay in Florida stands
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Predicting that a legal challenge to Florida’s 24-hour abortion waiting period likely will succeed, the state Supreme Court said Thursday that it will leave in place an order preventing enforcement of the law.
Florida’s constitution, which establishes the right to “be let alone and free from governmental intrusion” in one’s private life, has been used to strike down other laws restricting access to abortion. The court said there’s a likelihood that the waiting period, passed in 2015, also will be found unconstitutional.
“Through the Mandatory Delay Law, the State impermissibly interferes with women’s fundamental right of privacy by mandating an additional twenty-four hour waiting period before a woman may exercise her decision,” the court wrote in the 4-2 decision.